William “Bill” Louis Larson, FAIA, cofounder of DLR Group, died on June 29 at his summer residence in Pinetop, Arizona. He was 88. He maintained a home in Scottsdale, Arizona, and was a native of Nebraska and longtime resident of Omaha.
Larson was born February 25, 1924, in Blair, Nebraska. After graduating high school, he assumed the responsibility of the Greatest Generation, serving his country as a 19-year-old Navy aviator in the South Pacific during World War II. Following the war, he attended the University of Nebraska, graduating in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in architecture. This began a 50-year career as a gifted architect and entrepreneur.