October 19, 2016
Minneapolis, MN – Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), issued the following statement mourning the death of Larry Gibson, z''l:
"On behalf of the board of directors and staff of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), we collectively mourn the passing of Larry Gibson, z''l. Our thoughts and prayers are with Lois and the family, as well as the many people within and beyond our Jewish community whose lives were enriched by Larry.
"Larry Gibson's impact on the Jewish community is immeasurable. Larry along with his wife, Lois, have demonstrated exemplary leadership and commitment to many Jewish organizations and causes. Larry lived his life everyday with Jewish values and devoted his life to volunteer service and advocacy.
"Larry served as JCRC president from 1985 - 1988 and served on the board of directors for many decades. His commitment to the JCRC was unparalleled. His passion for Jewish issues and social justice inspired many people along the way. He was also a longtime board member of the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition. Larry's passion for this work was a great contribution to the JCRC. In fact, Larry had the honor of having an award named after him: the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition's Lawrence D. Gibson Social Justice Award, which recognized interfaith social justice work that spurs public action.
"My good friend, Alan Silver, who served as JCRC president from 2006 - 2008, adds, 'Larry was both a mentor and a friend. I joined the JCRC board of directors shortly after Larry's presidency, and he has been my role model on what it means to serve the Jewish community. His tireless work furthering Jewish values has inspired me. This is a tremendous loss for the community.'
"As the 2012 May/June edition of Temple Israel's Hakol notes: In 1957, the Gibson family, Lois, Larry, and their five children - Stuart, Rick, James, Mark, and Jessica - lived in a small Jewish community near Tenafly, New Jersey. Larry and Lois helped to found Temple Sinai there. In 1965, General Mills sought out Larry's market research expertise, and the Gibson family moved to Minneapolis. Amongst his many pursuits in Minneapolis, Larry was an active member at Temple Israel, including serving on its board of directors.
"Larry's passing is indeed a tremendous loss for our community. I will miss his leadership, commitment, candor, and passion. May Larry Gibson's memory be for a blessing.
"Services will be held on Thursday, October 20, at 10:00 a.m. at Temple Israel (2324 Emerson Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55405)."
As the public affairs voice of the Jewish community, the JCRC fights anti-Semitism and prejudice, advocates for Israel, provides Holocaust education, promotes tolerance and social justice, and builds bridges across the Jewish and broader communities.