General Larrie C. and Judy M. Bates

General Larrie C. and Judy M. Bates

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General Larrie C. and Judy M.  Bates

Larrie C. Bates graduated from Washburn University in 1963 with a B.B.A. He was involved in Sagamore men's honor society, Air Force ROTC, KAW Staff, Young Republicans, Arnold Air Society, Washburn Marching Band, and the Alpha Delta fraternity.  He received his master's degree in management from Webster College in St. Louis in 1978.

After graduating from Washburn, Larrie became a pilot in the United States Air Force. He served in many different capacities during his 27 years of Air Force service and progressed to the rank of Brigadier General, receiving 18 decorations, including the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Air Force Commendation Medal. 
 
After retiring from the Air Force Reserve in 1990, Larrie took a position with the National Transportation Safety Board as a Safety Recommendation Program Administrator for the Office of Aviation Safety in Washington, D.C. He retired in 1994 after 31 years of government service.  

Larrie is a life member of the Washburn Alumni Association, Alpha Delta Fraternity, the Air Force Association and the Reserve Officers Association, where he held several offices including national vice president-Air Force in 1990-91. He previously served on the Alumni Association Board and the Ichabod Club Board. He received the Washburn University Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award in 2005. Larrie joined the Washburn University Foundation Board of Trustees in 2005. He served as a Director from 2006 to 2008 and also served on the development committee.

Larrie and his wife, Judy (Filson), B.A. '61, live in Scottsdale, Arizona. They have two sons who reside in the Phoenix area.