- February 4, 2000)
Hanshumaker was born Robert Hanshumaker in South Wheeling in 1926. He
left Wheeling's Central Catholic High School at the end of his junior
year to enter the postulancy in Poughkeepsie as a high school senior.
He took the Marist habit on July 26th, 1942. After his novice year,
Larry did two years of college studies at Marist Training School, the
forerunner of Marist College, after which he was assigned to cook at
the Marist juniorate in Tyngsboro. He completed his bachelor's degree
during his first few years of teaching.
teaching career began at St. Ann's Academy; where, along with his other
many students, he taught Richard Foy the fundamentals of electricity,
electronics and photography.
Larry and Richard took courses in mathematics at St. John's University
David Kammer, who
together with Larry left Wheeling for the Novitiate, was also a teacher
at St. Ann's Academy during Brother Larry' s tenure there.
transferred to teaching at Cardinal Hayes High School in New York City.
In 1957-1958, Richard Foy soon followed him to Cardinal Hayes.
had set up a ham radio in the attic of the Brothers' residence and invited
Richard to be a member of his "wireless" club. The reception
for the ham radio was excellent, but because of the lack of heat and
little ventilation in the attic, both Brother "Hans" and Richard
froze in the winter and sweated in the summer. The ham radio also played
havoc with New York Governor Harriman's TV set which was housed across
the street from the residence.
Brother Joseph Belanger,
who also taught with "Hans" at Cardinal Hayes remembers, "He
always had a twinkle in his eyes and a fine sense of humor as he was
on the verge of opening your eyes to the beauties of math and science."
In 1965, Richard
Foy the second President of Marist College invited Brother Larry to
help program the IBM 1401 main frame which hadbeen acquired by Marist
College. With a group of similar minded Brothers, Brother Larry had
a wonderful time, that summer, introducing new programs into the mainframe.
From Cardinal Hayes,
Brother Hanshumaker traveled to Chicago to continue his teaching journey.
Brother Larry took charge of the computer labs at Our Lady of Lourdes
school in Pougkeepsie, New York.
Richard Foy remembers
Brother "Hans" as an excellent teacher who had great rapport
with his students, a brilliant computer programmer and a "great