Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to a man who is truly one of a kind. Larry Horan, who made his mark as a star college athlete before becoming a star director of the Peace Corps in El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Colombia, where I served, was honored last weekend for his many contributions as chairman of the board of the Special Olympics of Northern California. It was quite a tribute. Few men have had as positive an impact on those around him as Larry Horan.
In my own life, Larry has been a model. A defender of the common man and woman, Larry has spent his career standing up for those values that represent the best in all of us. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned both undergraduate and law degrees in the 1950's, Larry's first venture into the working world consisted of a 5-year tour in the Alameda County District Attorney's Office where he served on the senior trial staff and worked hard for the people. In 1960, Larry further distinguished himself by joining forces with my father, former California State Senator Fred Farr, in the Law Offices of Farr, Horan & Lloyd, and served with distinction until a greater calling came.
Like many of us who followed the vision of our valiant President, John F. Kennedy, Larry decided the best gift he could give the world was one of service. He enlisted in the Peace Corps to make the world a better place and worked hard for 3 years to improve the plight of those living in the Central and South American countries where he lived with his wife Jean and where his youngest daughter, Maureen, was born. In 1967, Larry was named regional director of the Office of Economic Opportunity for the Western United States. Larry returned to California's beautiful central coast in 1970 where he became president and founding member of the Law Offices of Horan, Lloyd, Karachale, Dyer & Schwartz and Law & Cook Inc.
While working to benefit his local community, Larry has also given of himself in countless other ways. Sitting on the board of directors of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, he also serves as a trustee of the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation, on the board of advisors of the Big Sur Land Trust, as an advisor of the Friends of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, on the Board of Directors of the Franciscan Workers and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Special Olympics of northern California, the organization that honored him.
I could go on and on about Larry Horan. To me, he symbolizes the very best qualities of the American spirit. Generous and compassionate to a tee, Larry is one of those very unique people who profoundly impacts all those he touches. He is a natural-born leader and deeply deserving of all the praise we can bestow upon him.
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