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Born: Mar 18, 1944

Date of Passing: Dec 05, 2021

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We are saddened to announce the passing of Larry on December 5, 2021 at the age of 77 years.
Survived by his wife Cynthia Jordan; son Caleb Jordan; daughters, Bree Jordan and Lydia Willis; son-in-law Alex Rothney; grandchildren, Giftan Kaonga-Willis, Oscar Rothney, Celia Rothney and Ziamarra Zwingerman.
Larry was born in Paris, Texas on March 18, 1944 then eventually moved to Canada and Winnipeg in 1970, in an opportunity to avoid American politics and pursue a career in neurophysiology. Larry was a brilliant scientist who was a pioneer in spinal cord research and the driving force behind the establishment of the Spinal Cord Research Centre at the University of Manitoba in 1987. Through his visionary leadership, the SCRC has become a world-renowned spinal cord research facility. Throughout his scientific career, Larry epitomised critical thinking, creativity and originality. He was on the leading edge of discoveries of how the brain and spinal cord work together to produce walking. His breadth of knowledge and deep understanding consistently led him to suggest experiments that would only be made technologically possible many years, if not decades, in the future. He trained a cadre of scientists, who now have their own labs around the world, ensuring that Larry's scientific character lives on.
Larry was dedicated, loving father and a man of many stories. He was willing to learn anything and try anything. Larry loved animals, especially horses and loved being outdoors.
A memorial service will be held online on Saturday, December 18, 2021. Please contact his daughter Bree for more details:
Contributions in Larry's memory can be made to: The Spinal Cord Research Centre (SCRC).

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 13, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • I was so saddened to hear of Larry’s passing. I have many warm memories of Larry and Bree from our riding days! Larry and I lessened together and had a lot fun and laughed all the time. A group of friends and I were talking about horses the other evening and particularly a horse that Larry loved from a local breeder. That’s when I learned of the vey sad news. I had a lot respect for both Bree and Larry as even at that the family had survived a lot of sadness. Bree is an amazing person and I wish you all the best and hopefully much happiness in your future. - Posted by: Leslie Bachynski (Friend ) on: Dec 22, 2021

  • So sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Wendy (Friend of Cynthia) on: Dec 21, 2021

  • We are so very sorry to hear of Larry's passing. He was such a caring person and we have many wonderful memories of the days when Kaley and Bree rode horses together. May he rest in peace. - Posted by: Vernelle Mirosh and Kaley Malbranck (Friend) on: Dec 13, 2021

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