Yale '62 - Obituaries - Lawrence E. Blonsky

Lawrence E. Blonsky

Born: September 18, 1941
Died: December 22, 1995

Lawrence was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and prepared at Central High School in that city. A member of Branford College, he was active in the college, serving with the Dramat and rowing on the Branford crew. He was a Psychology Honors major, a four-year scholarship recipient, and member of Hillel. He also was on the Freshman fencing team.

After graduation, Larry returned to Kansas City to serve an internship at the Jewish Community Center for two years. At the same time he enrolled in the University of Kansas and in 1964 was awarded his Masters Degree in Social Work.

Larry then embarked on a distinguished career of social service, serving as program director of the Jewish Community Centers in Houston and in St. Louis. Subsequently, he was executive director of Southside Jewish Community Center in Chicago. He then served 11 years as executive director of Sunshine Health Service in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Larry returned home to Kansas City in 1986 to become administrator at Shalom Plaza and Shalom Geriatric Center where he was serving at the time of his death.

Larry was survived by his son Marcus E. Blonksy of West Hollywood, California; his parents, Dorothy and Robert S. Blonsky of Kansas City; and his brother Marshall S. Blonsky of New York City. He died at home with his family.