Lawrence (Larry) Koss of Bainbridge Island (and previously Maui) passed away on June 26, 2021 from a recently-diagnosed brain tumor. He was 79 years old. Larry was born on January 27, 1942, in Massachusetts where he grew up. He suffered severe trauma as a child which he never fully overcame.
Larry served in the Marines and was stationed in Japan. He then became a teacher and his non-traditional approach and ability to see the humanity of his students endeared him to them. After leaving teaching he had a colorful and adventurous life. He was involved in the humanistic psychology movement of the 1960s. He drove his motorcycle across the United States several times, and also travelled to New Zealand and Hawai’i. He worked with JZ Knight and helped transcribe Ramtha transmissions. He once organized a conference on UFOs. One of the highlights of his life was visiting Shirley MacLaine in her home. Larry especially loved children and animals.
Larry was an outspoken champion of community wellbeing and a critic of commercial development which he often spoke out against. Larry’s objections came from a place of deep passion, commitment and caring. He held a lifelong vision of ‘Earth as One’ where people, nature, and the planet would be valued over corporate profit. He promoted the concept of police changing their name and mission to being Peace Officers.
Larry is survived by his son, two grandsons and close friends. Larry’s ashes will be scattered in the Pacific Ocean, which he loved. To honor Larry, plant a tree or make a donation to Helpline House, Housing Resources Bainbridge, or Children’s International. And Larry would deeply appreciate us carrying on his vision of Earth as One. Aloha Nui Loa, dear Larry.