Ames, Larry

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B.A. Brown University

Larry lives in Francestown with his wife Jay. They have five children between them but none together: Alex Holding,  Smith '06, studying to be a midwife;  Ellery Ames, University of Colorado '09, PhD candidate in Physics at University of Oregon; Mason Ames, Ecole Nationale de Cirque '09, circus performer; Liam Holding RISD '11, fine arts & painting; and Aidan Holding, ConVal High School '11, actor and speaker of German. Larry was a winemaker for almost 20 years before joining us in the spring of 2004. In addition to his duties as Assistant Facilities Manager he gardens, is kept by his bees, produces a folk concert series for a local non-profit and generally enjoys troubleshooting.

What book has made you think the most?: I'm a Pynchon fan, and it's hard to pick one book, but 'Mason & Dixon' is pretty wonderful. 'Mountains Beyond Mountains', Tracy Kidder's account of the work of Paul Farmer has been most inspiring.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?: It would be really cool to be able to fly like Superman!

If your life had a theme song, what would it be?: What a Wonderful World

What teacher has had the most impact on you? How were they special?: My dad, he taught by example.

How would your friends describe you in 3 words?: Busy, curious, helpful. (I hope)

You are hosting a dinner party and must invite 3 famous people. Who would you choose and why?: Barack Obama, because he seems very genuine and interested in people, but I wouldn't let him smoke in the house!

John Lennon, just to see and hear him alive again.

Albert Einstein. to witness a great mind in action.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?: Jeff Bridges! Dude!