Lawrence K. Beaupre, 68, of Clarks Summit, a consummate journalist whose last assignment was Managing Editor of The Times- Tribune, died Sunday morning at Moses Taylor Hospital after a long, courageous battle with cancer.
His wife is the former Laurie De Gregorie.
Born in Kankakee, Ill., he was the son of the late Kenneth and Rita Blanchette Beaupre. He was a graduate of Spaulding Institute. He received his bachelor's degree in communications and master's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana. He served in the United States Army from 1968-1970.
Before joining The Times-Tribune, Larry was an independent newsroom consultant; a news executive in the Newspaper Division of the Gannett Co. Inc., where he coordinated the writing of a code of ethics for all of Gannett's daily newspapers; editor and vice president of The Cincinnati Enquirer; executive editor and vice president of the Gannett Suburban Newspapers in White Plains, N.Y.; and managing editor of the Rochester (N.Y.) Times-Union, where he began as a reporter in 1968.
He is a former national president of the Associated Press Managing Editors, former president of the New York State APME and former president of the Rochester chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Larry conducted professional workshops at the American Press Institute, Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Canadian Newspaper Publishers Association, Mid-America Press Institute, Society of Professional Journalists, Suburban Newspapers of America and numerous universities and other organizations, including a "journalism boot camp" for students at the University of Scranton.
Larry was a Pulitzer Prize juror in 1990, 1991, 1996 and 1997. He was inducted into the inaugural class of the University of Illinois Illini Media Hall of Fame in 2006. His awards also include Gannett Editor of the Year and the 1991 Robert Morse Writers Award of the American Psychiatric Association.
Our husband and father brought integrity and humor to every endeavor, whether it was investigative journalism or his many woodworking projects, be it a Raggedy Ann headboard, a rocking cow, birdhouses or a composting bin. The man loved his power tools, his dogs, Charlie and Max-a-million, and White Castle. He will be forever revered for his humility, intelligence, razor-sharp wit and sense of history. He loved old typewriters, fountain pens and the "Apple lifestyle." His musical tastes ranged from Gregorian Chants to Gaga.
Every time we were down, he flipped a bad situation into a good one. He inspired us, and was the glue of our family. We will miss every aspect of him every day for the rest of our lives. I will always love you, Larry. We love you, too, Dad, @LarryBeaupre. We know you'll rest in peace.
Also surviving are his and Laurie's daughters, Alexandra and Laura Beaupre; and son and daughter, Peter and wife, Anya Beaupre; Becky and husband, Pete Gillespie; and their mother, Judith Haverfield Beaupre; three brothers; two sisters and four grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in Our Lady of the Snows Church, 301 S. State St., Clarks Summit. The family will be receiving friends from 9:30 until the time of the Mass. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence K. Beaupre Internship Fund, c/o Faith Golay, The Scranton Times Downtown Federal Credit Union, 129 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA 18503.