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Former Spartan All-American Larry Fowler Passes Away at Age 83

May 24, 2016

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May 24, 2016

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Former Michigan State All-American tackle Larry Fowler, who helped lead the Spartans to the 1953 Big Ten Championship and a victory in the 1954 Rose Bowl, died Friday, May 20. He was 83.

A three-year letterman (1951-53), Fowler was a first-team All-America selection at offensive tackle his senior year in 1953 by NBC-TV. He also played tackle on defense.

During MSU’s first season of Big Ten competition, Fowler and the Spartans went 5-1 in conference play to tie for the league title and defeated No. 5 UCLA in the 1954 Rose Bowl, 28-20, to finish 9-1 overall and No. 3 in the Associated Press and UPI Polls.

Fowler also lettered on the 1951 and 1952 National Championship teams that went 9-0 under Hall of Fame coach Clarence “Biggie” Munn. Michigan State went 27-1 during Fowler’s three seasons on the team.

Fowler was presented the “Oil Can” Award in 1953, which annually goes to the Spartan football player who most contributes to the team in a humorous way.

A native of Lansing, Fowler also was a three-year letterwinner (1952-54) in wrestling and finished runner-up at heavyweight at the 1954 Big Ten Championships.

Fowler is a member of the Lansing Eastern High School Hall of Fame and the Greater Lansing Area Sports Hall of Fame.

Fowler was born in St. Louis, Michigan, on Nov. 15, 1932. He attended Lansing Eastern High School and won a state wrestling championship under coach Don Johnson, and also earned all-state honors while playing football.

After graduating from Michigan State with a bachelor’s degree in business, he served as a Lieutenant for two years in the United States Army in Germany, fulfilling his ROTC obligation.

Following his military service, Fowler served as the head wrestling coach and assistant football coach at Dartmouth College. He returned to MSU to earn his master’s degree in business administration in 1959, then entered Wayne State University School of Law, earning his Juris Doctorate in 1961. He was admitted to the Michigan State Bar in December 1961. After spending one year as Ingham County Assistant Prosecutor under Leo Farhat Senior, Fowler entered private practice. He spent the majority of his 55-year career practicing law along with his office partner and friend, John Tuttle, at 406 West Ottawa St in Lansing.

Fowler is survived by his wife, Elaine Tycocki Fowler, sons David and Timothy Tycocki, brother and sister-in-law Francis (Frank) and Ruth Fowler, brother Eugene (Gene) Fowler, and 13 beloved nieces and nephews, “adopted” nieces and nephews, The Beal Children, and numerous great nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for people to consider a contribution to the MSU Larry Fowler Endowment Fund for the College of Natural Sciences or the Salvation Army.

Funeral services will be held at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel on Thursday, May 26 at 1 p.m. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, May 25, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and again on Thursday from noon until time of service. Interment with Military Honors will take place at Coe Cemetery in Isabella County on Friday, May 27 at noon.

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