GCRL loses member of its family, former captain Larry Bosarge
Long-time GCRL vessel captain Larry Bosarge passed away in late August after battling pancreatic cancer. “Capt. Larry”, as he was known to folks throughout USM, worked for several years commanding the R/V Tom McIlwain and R/V Hermes for research and academic trips for GCRL and the Department of Marine Science. Having formerly worked in commercial fisheries and the oil fields off Louisiana, he brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to USM’s coastal operations.“Capt. Larry was a beloved GCRL captain,” said Jim Franks. “In particular, he instantly bonded with the students he took out on the Hermes. For some students, it was their first adventure on a research vessel and Larry made their exciting boat trips even more memorable with his knowledge of the sea and local marine life based on his lifelong experience on the water. He was a special person and a great friend to GCRL.” Bosarge was born in Bayou La Batre, Alabama in 1939. A lifelong resident of the Gulf Coast, Larry enjoyed a long career as a captain in the seafood industry, oil and gas fields and on research vessels.