Thursday, March 4, 2010

Lawrence (Larry) Richard Routhenstein

Lawrence Routhenstein, 45 passed away on March 2, 2010, after a courageous battle with a rare form of cancer, Pseudomyxoma Peritonei, or appendix cancer.

Larry grew up in the Philadelphia area where he graduated high school as a merit Scholar, earned his B.S. in Computer Science from Drexel University, and his M.S. from Johns Hopkins University. After graduation, Larry worked in research at the Applied Physics Labs at Johns Hopkins where he led a research team in the development of a software system for Navy shipboard communication links for their next generation Aegis ships. His career eventually brought him to Orlando with his final years spent as Vice President of Software Engineering at PrivaSys. While at Privasys, Larry was inventor of six patents in the international financial security cryptology area.

Larry lived his life with kindness and an intense determination, a thirst for knowledge, a great sense of humor and quick wit, and a zest for adventure. Larry tried to make the most of every moment. he climbed the Grand Canyon, went sky-diving, ran the Disney marathon, took surfing lessons, drank Guinness in Ireland, and traveled throughout the world.

It was in Orlando that Larry met Wendy, his future wife, and the love of his life. Together, they raised their son Jordan, the greatest joy of Larry's life. Larry cherished every opportunity to spend time with Jordan; coaching Little League and basketball; teaching Jordan to juggle and play pol; having musical jam sessions; sharing his joy of reading; helping wit homework and participating in classroom activities.

Determined to share his interest in the world around him and encourage his son's sense of adventure, Larry loved to travel with Wendy and Jordan. he took his family hiking through Mayan Ruins; trekking fifteen flights of stairs up the Arch de Triomphe to see the magnificent view of Paris; snorkeling in Hawaii, the Cayman Islands, Mexico, and Bahamas; experiencing the historical sites of Washington and Philadelphia; and visiting almost every museum in London. As they also shared a love of the beach, they spent many happy vacations, often with friends, at Longboat Key.

Family was always a priority to Larry. As he had such a close relationship with his parents, he enjoyed spending time with them and planning adventures during their frequent visits to Florida.

Larry's brother's children, Barak, Arik, and Esti, had an uncle that was devoted to them from the moment they were born.

Larry's family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Hope Freeman, a true advocate and friend to Larry during his final days.

Larry is survived by his devoted wife Wendy; son Jordan; parents Marilyn and Warren; brother Alan; nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many wonderful friends.

A funeral service is being held Friday, March 5, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. at Winter Garden Cemetery with a reception immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Larry's name to The PMP Research Foundation at or to a memorial fund for his son's college education at colonial Bank, 1550 Maguire Road, Ocoee, FL 34761.

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