(1947 - 2016)
NASBP was saddened to learn that Larry Senkel of the NASBP member firm of Willis of Texas, Inc. in Houston, passed away March 28, at the age of 68. His career in the industry spanned more than 40 years.
A colleague, David S. J. Wightman, Senior Vice President - West Region Surety Practice Leader at Willis of Texas in Houston, described Larry as a long-time, highly respected member of the surety and construction community in Houston. Wightman said, "Larry was with Willis Towers Watson for almost 30 years and won the trust and wrote bonds for many recognizable names in the Houston construction industry. Like so many others he started in the business straight out of college with Continental and quickly progressed through the ranks before ultimately becoming Bond Manager at Collier and Cobb after stints at Frank B Hall and Reed Stenhouse. Collier Cobb, of course, later became part of Willis.
He was an active member of the Associated General Contractors, serving on the insurance and surety committee for numerous years. He was a long-time member of the Construction Financial Management Association and the Houston Contractors Association. His relationships in the construction community ran wide and deep, and he was truly thought of as a "Dean" of the business.
We lost a great man in Larry. You could search high and low and you would only ever hear kind words said about him. Not only was he the personification of a gentleman but he also personified servant leadership and was unflappable. I’m fortunate to have known him for 20 years as an underwriter and competitor and even more so to have worked with him as a colleague this past year. More importantly he was a friend and mentor. They don’t make them any better. Please continue to keep Larry’s wife Carol and their family in your thoughts and prayers."
Earlier this month, a visitation was held at the Bradshaw Carter Funeral Home and a funeral service was held at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Houston.
The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, which accepts donations online. For more information about Larry, read the obituary and consider posting a condolence message for Larry's family at the legacy website.