We continue to look back at the success of Utah Tennis alumni by catching up with Larry Thatcher. Larry is from Salt Lake City, Utah, where he currently still resides, and played doubles for the Utes in 1944. During that year, the team won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship.
Thatcher graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He has had an extremely successful career as a chemical engineer, and he is currently the CEO of Thatcher Company, a global leader in chemical manufacturing, distribution, and related services. Larry has owned this company since 1967.
Larry Thatcher was one of the selected people to work in the Manhattan Project producing the world’s first atomic bomb during World War II. Before becoming CEO of Thatcher Company, he was the Vice President and General Manager of Wasatch Chemical Co. Larry looks back fondly at his time at the University of Utah, and he has seized the opportunity to give back. He lead the funding for the University of Utah’s state of the art Thatcher Building for Biological and Biophysical Chemistry, which opened in Spring 2013. The Thatcher family also endowed a Thatcher Company Scholarship in 2012.
Thatcher’s wife is recently deceased, and he is the proud father, grandfather, and great-grandfather of 4 children, 15 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. Larry says that next in store for him is to “continue work and to support the University of Utah.” Thank you Larry for you support of the University of Utah and congratulations on all of your achievements! We wish you success in your future endeavors.
Q: How did the University of Utah affect your career?
Thatcher: “Trained as a chemical engineer and developed lifetime friends.”
Q: What are your most memorable moments as a Ute?
Thatcher: “Winning a championship in tennis. Intercollegiate Knights (a men’s honorary service group). Building the Thatcher Building for Biological and Biophysical Chemistry.”
Q: How do you look back at your time at the University of Utah?
Thatcher: “Most enjoyable.”