Laurence Neil "Larry" Krause, a popular Baltimore-based mineral collector and dealer, was born in Burlington, Iowa on February 26, 1945, the son of Clara Weisman and Norman Krause. He moved with his family to Baltimore when his father took a job at Edgewood Arsenal. After graduating from Forest Park High School in 1963, he attended the University of Maryland at College Park, where (despite his strong anti-war sentiments) he enlisted in the Air Force.
Although born into a Jewish family, Larry became associated with the Quakers. Following his stint in the military he completed his education at Community College of Baltimore and Towson University. Later he taught school in the Baltimore City School System before leaving to enter the publishing field. He and his wife, Alice Cherbonnier, founded the Monument Street News, the Oldtown News, and the Baltimore Chronicle. He also took over the Govanstowne Courrier, and founded two magazines, Food & Fine Living and the Baltimore Review.
Larry founded Octahedron Minerals in 1981 as a retail mineral business and later expanded to selling mineral specimens wholesale to other dealers, rock shops and natural history establishments. His travels took him to mineral shows throughout the Northeast, particularly to those in Cincinnati, Syracuse, Springfield (MA) and Franklin (NJ). With his natural teaching and writing skills he excelled at bringing new collectors into the hobby, while providing leadership in the Baltimore Mineral Society (serving as secretary, newsletter editor, director and president) and the Paul Desautels Micromount Symposium. He was presented the Herb Corbett Award in 2009.
His personal collection of over 5,000 specimens was particularly rich in fluorite from localities worldwide, including many variations in color, habit, associations, and inclusions. He also collected suites of calcite, hematite and sulfides.
Larry Krause died June 2, 2010.
KELLY, J. (2010) Laurence Neil Krause, publisher, dies. Baltimore Sun, June 4.
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PARKER, F. (2010) Personal communication.
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