Lawrence T. Cargnino
Date of Death: January 14, 2012
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Lawrence T. “Larry” Cargnino, professor emeritus of the school of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University for 39 years passed away Saturday, January 14, 2012 in West Lafayette. He was born in Virden, IL on December 27, 1912 to the late Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Cargnino. He grew up in Girard, IL where he graduated…

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Katie and Chuck Metz left a message on January 20, 2012:
Dear Grandma,
I just was thinking about you today and wanted to send you another note of Condolence. Chuck and I, and the girls are thinking of you and praying for you as you navigate the next few weeks of your life. We can only imagine how hard this will be, but want you to never lose sight of all of us who love and care about you. Grandpa was such a wonderful person, and as Ryan said in his remarks at the funeral that ""I"" am a better person because of him. Not just because of all his accolades and the memories, but because of the person you and him shaped my mom to be and of the person that she then in turn shaped me to be. I know that will carry through to my girls as well. I am sure there is alot more Chuck could have learned from him on raising girls! Please know we love you and if you ever need to talk or hear a ""little"" voice, you can call us anytime.

Love, Katie, Chuck, Holly and Bridget
Tim Trowbridge left a message on January 18, 2012:
I was saddened to learn of Professor Cargnino&s death. Please accept my sincere condolences.
I met Professor Cargnino in 1973 on a visit from my High School and he was very receptive and supportive of my goals. When I returned in 1975 to start my undergraduate work he helped me to establish a plan of study that included the cooperative education program. He helped to obtain a work assignment for me with the US Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB and was always interested in what I had done during each period. My experiences through the co-op program combined with my studies were extremely valuable in several ways. I will always be thankful for Professor Cargnino and his role in making me into an aerospace engineer and helping to launch my 30+ year career.

Tim Trowbridge
Laurie Kay Eckart left a message on January 17, 2012:
Dear Barbara,
I&m thinking of you at this time of your dad&s passing. Jan&s dad informed us all and I read the obituary. I never realized his work at Boeing. My son Marty lives in Seattle and works as a Purdue engineer with Boeing. It&s fascinating now to learn of all our parents accomplished in their lives, which is actually quite astonishing considering that as children we never gave it much thought. Just take care, Barbara, and know your KHS girlfriends know what you&re going thru and care about you.
Kerry Zavaleta left a message on January 17, 2012:
Dearest Barbara and family,
I&m so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. What a long and full life he had. I remember him well from time spent at your house during our years at Klondike. I know my father would have greatly enjoyed your dad&s book on the history of aeronautics at Purdue. He always thought very highly of Larry Cargnino.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
James Denneny left a message on January 17, 2012:
I graduated from Purdue in 1957. Larry was my favorite professor. He was a wonderful mentor. His knowledge, teaching skills and interest in his students set him apart. He helped many of us secure summer jobs at Allison in Indianapolis.

There is a special place in heaven for people like Professor Cargnino. He lived a full, rich and happy life.

Rest in peace dear friend

James Denneny
ATE 1957
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Robert Strickler left a message on January 17, 2012:
I was saddened to learn of the passing of Prof. Cargnino. I have had the pleasure of meeting with him over the years since I left Purdue and he always was engaging , interested in what was going on in the lives of alums, and a source of fond memories for those of us who followed at the Purdue Aero School. He often attended functions, despite the weather, when alums came to town, including several in 2011. We appreciated his quick smile and the wink in his eye which told us all we really needed to know; i.e., everything was ""A-OK"".
I had the pleasure of reporting to Prof. Cargnino when the School of Aero and Engineering Sciences was formed in 1960. No one knew what that meant, except we were on campus, in what is now the Nuclear Engineering quarters, and had Aero Engineers to teach. My assignment was to serve Prof Cargnino as a teaching assistant in a propulsion laboratory course in which I had been instucted by him three years prior. It was my first assignment and he handled it well!
We will all miss Prof Cargnino but the very personal loss that the close family encounters on a daily basis is one that certainly brings the thoughts, prayers, understanding, and outstretched arms from the rest of us.
-Bob Strickler
Fred W. Isaacs left a message on January 17, 2012:
To the Cargnino Family:

So sorry to learn of Prof. Cargnino&s death. To me, and to many, many others who passed through and graduated from the halls of the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue, he was truly a hero, a man among meaningful and hugely intelligent men, a constant counselor, a ceaseless source of encouragement and reassurance and one who could never find it within himself to bend, much less break, the truth. He was a truly inspirational taskmaster and he is now and will be sorely missed and remembered often.

Sincere condolences to his wife of sixty-seven plus years and their wonderful family.

Extended to her and to them are my unlimited sympathies for the loss we, but especially they, bear.

Fred Isaacs
BSAsAe, 1966
Bob Markl left a message on January 17, 2012:
I graduated from Purdue in 1965 with a BSAE and in 1966 with a MSAE. Professor Cargnino was my counselor, and Professor Gustafson was my Masters& professor. Although I left the engineering field ten years later after getting my MBA from the University of Southern California, I always positively look back on my years at Purdue for giving me the foundation for my career in the non-engineering business world.

Professor Cargnino was a significant player in building that foundation in me. Without his guidance and mentoring, who knows where I would have evntually landed. With his help I was able to achieve a successful career.

I am now retired, and fondly look back at the memories from my time at Purdue. My thoughts and prayers are extended to the Cargnino family, and although I haven&t seen ""Larry"" in over forty-five years I will miss his guiding wisdom and friendship from when I was a student.
Steve Whiston left a message on January 17, 2012:
I just want to pass on my condolences to the family and relatives of Prof. Cargnino. I was one of his many students who had the honor of knowing him and receiving his advice and counsel in all matters - personal and professional. He had a very strong role in my early career, including participation in his co-op program in the late 70s which is one of my best decisions while at Purdue. Please find strength in knowing how many people he touched and helped with his kindness, honesty, and wisdom.
Dupe left a message on January 17, 2012:
Dear Mrs. Carginino,

My name is Dupe, I am one of the nurses that took care of Larry at the hospital late last year. He was a very nice man. He attributed his long life to his wonderful wife. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincere sympathy. We can take comfort in knowing that our dead loved ones are resting according to John 11:11 with no pain and waiting for the day when they will be awakened from their deep sleep. What a great day to look forward to.

Another promise that is worth waiting for is in John 5:28,29 that says in part ""Do not marvel at this because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out"". What strength and comfort we can draw from knowledge of the resurrection hope! And how glad we can be that our dead loved ones who are in God&s memory will be awakened from the deep sleep of death to enjoy all the good things He has in store for them. Meanwhile, we know that God is the God of all comfort and I hope that He will comfort your entire family during this difficult time of yours. Once again, please accept my deepest sympathy and have a blessed day.
Claire Yarber left a message on January 17, 2012:
Dear Frances and family,

I want to extend my sympathy to you at this time. My husband, Charles, certainly thought a lot of Larry and always said that his years at Purdue were some of the best of his life. He visited you and Larry several times when he went back to play in the Purdue Band on the field before football games. Also, I recall our seeing you in Williamsburg probably 1986 and we attended Mass together and shared a meal with you. I hope you received my Christmas card this year. He was truly a very nice person and accomplished a lot during his lifetime. (Charles has been gone 3 years Jan. 10th)

Claire Yarber
Mel Kitagawa left a message on January 17, 2012:
To The Cargnino Family:

My deepest sympathy on the passing of Professor Cargnino. He was a gentle and soft spoken man who helped me get into the co-op program in the late 1960s. I will never forget his kindness.

Mel Kitagawa
Jerry Laskody left a message on January 17, 2012:
I like to extend my condolences to Professor Cargnino&s family on their loss. The Professor was my advisor as an undergraduate and I remember him as a soft spoken gentleman who did his best to guide students in the School of Aeronautical Engineering. I was also a student in one of his propulsion classess and I spent my professional career as a propulsion engineer for the Boeing Company. Rest in Peace Professor Cargnino.

Jerry Laskody
B.S. Aeronautical Engineering
Purdue Class of 1965
Rodger Elble left a message on January 17, 2012:
I was one of Professor Cargnino&s co-op students. He was such a wonderful man who seemed to know every student like a family member. After my sophomore year, I decided to go into medicine. He worked with me to develop a curriculum that allowed me to graduate in aeronautical engineering and still fulfill the pre-med requirements for medical school. I couldn&t have done this without him. I am eternally grateful.

Best wishes to his family,

Rodger Elble, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair of Neurology
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Diane Klassen left a message on January 16, 2012:
Dear Frances,

I am so sorry to hear of Larry&s passing on Saturday. I am also sad to be leaving on a business trip today, so I will be away for both the viewing and the funeral. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Larry was a fine human being and I saw him through the eyes of the students whose lives he touched, and you both touched together, in meaningful and life changing ways. God bless you both. I am priviledged to have known Larry and hope to come visit you soon.

With deep respect and sympathy,

Diane Klassen
Soller-Baker Funeral Homes, Inc. left a message:
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