Larry J Argiro, Sr., 96, formerly of Fairmont, died peacefully Saturday (March 18, 2017) at his Severna Park, Maryland, home.
He was born Nov. 23, 1920, in the city of Caulonia, Reggio Calabria, Italy, the son of the late Guiseppe and Teresa Santacroce Argiro.
He immigrated to this country and ultimately Fairmont with his parents when he was 4 years old. He often recalled the excitement of seeing the Statue of Liberty for the first time and how it impacted those aboard as the ship approached Ellis Island.
In 1947, Larry married Rose Demus who became the Love of his life for more than 69 years. Their deep devotion for each other was an inspiration to all who knew them. Larry was devoted to his family and is survived by Rose; his son, Larry Jr., daughter-in-law, Barbara, of Annapolis, Maryland, sister-in-law, Nellie Demus; and brothers-in-law, Nick Demus, of Worthington, Michael Demus, of New York and Jim Demus of Shinnston; and many cousins, nieces and nephews located in the U.S., Australia, Canada and Italy. He is preceded in death by his sister, Amelia Fanto and brother, Frank "Cheech" Argiro. The family previously owned Country Club Bakery, famous for its pepperoni rolls.
Larry graduated from West Virginia University in 1947 with a bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering. He served in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific as a commissioned officer in the Signal Corps. Post WWII, he began his career in 1947 with the David Taylor Naval Ship Research and Development Center, Annapolis, Maryland and progressed from entry level engineer to become a member of the senior executive service and director of the machinery research and development directorate responsible for developing quiet advanced machinery systems.
Larry was a pioneer in developing machinery acoustic silencing technology for reducing noise from shipboard machinery and controlling environmental and habitability noise on ships. He and his laboratory team, who he often credited for his achievement, were extremely successful in developing and applying new silencing technologies that allowed the U.S. Navy to enjoy the strategic advantage of having the quietest ships in the world. The total benefit to the Navy, DOD and the nation as a whole are incalculable.
During his distinguished career which spanned 50 years, he received numerous prestigious awards and accolades for his leadership and engineering accomplishment. In 1994 his retirement was announced on the U.S. Senate Floor and a tribute by Senator Sarbanes (Maryland) acknowledging his achievement became part of the Congressional Record. Among his many awards two in particular remained close to his heart; in 1995 he was inducted as a WVU Distinguished Alumni and in 1997 selected as Italian-American Man of the Year. He is a lifetime member of the Society of Naval Engineers; a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America; a member of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering; and registered professional engineer in Maryland.
His intellect matched with his kind and warm spirit will be missed by all who knew him. Friends may call from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Ross Funeral Home 801 Fairmont Ave. Fairmont. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Monongah with Fr. S.A. Arokiadass as Celebrant. Interment will follow at Mount Carmel Cemetery. A vigil service led by Deacon Lou Belldina will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Marion County Veterans Council will conduct full military honors at the cemetery.
Flowers may be directed to Ross Funeral Home or in lieu, memorial donations may be made to the WVU Foundation, 1 Waterfront Place Morgantown, WV 26501.
Condolences may be sent to www.rossfh.com.
Published on March 20, 2017