Inside Moravian
e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 05/14/15
 

ABOVE: The Copper Beach tree planted in the 1970s to honor Pat Cottom '72.

 
 

Leaving a Living Legacy

Former Moravian College Groundskeeper Planted Trees in Honor of Those Who Inspired Him

By Gretchen Schmidt '15

“No one has ever loved his workplace more than Larry,” explained his wife Nancy Mayers.  Larry Mayers was a groundskeeper at the College from 1984 to 2010. Before retiring after 25 years of dedicated service, he donated a handful of trees to Moravian to honor those who had inspired him during his time at the College.  “He considered it a blessing to be able to give something meaningful to the college and honor the people who had been kind to him over the years,” Nancy said.

ABOVE: Larry Mayers planted this Paperback Maple tree to honor past Presidents of Moravian College.

Take a walk around the campus and you’ll notice the Kwanzan Cherry planted 8 years ago in front of the facilities management building (FMPC) or the Paperback Maple in front of Colonial Hall which was donated to honor the presidents of the college. Down in the dorm circle and by the Jo Smith residence hall, a Copper Beach and a Flowering Dogwood were planted in the 1970s in honor of Pat Cottom '72.

In 2008, Larry donated a Crimson King Norway Maple that is planted in front of the Bernhardt and Wilhelm dorms in honor of Dr. Robert “Doc” Windolf, Moravian’s long-time dean of student life who oversaw student housing.

Nancy recalls that giving was Larry’s ultimate joy. “He would have given the shirt off of his back if he thought it necessary. Larry loved the idea of a college education because he thought it was the best thing someone could do for their future.”

Never having the opportunity to pursue higher learning, Larry shared his love of landscaping and helped make the campus a beautiful place for students. He gave a gift that he believed students would be grateful for and enjoy for many years to come.

Larry’s giving spirit extended beyond the landscape of the college; he donated books to Reeve’s Library in the names of friends who had passed away.  “It was his way of showing his sympathy and of honoring them,” explained Nancy.

Nancy remembers that after his retirement, Larry missed his job so much he continued to visit the facilities office, bringing bagels and homegrown veggies to share with the staff. Nancy also remembers the visits to the campus during which Larry drove around and pointed out where a certain tree should be placed or how a bed of flowers should be arranged. Even when retired, Larry Mayers never stopped caring about making the college look its best.

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