R. Lawrence Dunworth

Full Name: Robert Lawrence Dunworth
Date of Birth: March 2, 1934
Date of Death: October 16, 2020
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Dr. R. Lawrence Dunworth, age 86, of Huntington, WV, passed away on Friday, October 16, 2020.  Born in Portsmouth, Ohio, March 2, 1934, to Leo and Jeannette Dunworth, Larry grew up in Ironton, Ohio, attended St. Joseph’s High School, the University of Notre Dame and Georgetown University Medical School.  Married for 59 years to Deirdre Doolan Dunworth, Larry and his young family moved in 1967 to Huntington where he began his ophthalmology practice.

A member of St. Joseph Parish, Larry’s Catholic faith informed every aspect of his life.  His days began without fail at daily mass.  Larry loved sports, especially Fighting Irish football and skiing in Colorado.  He also loved fine wine, fine dining and fine art.  He had a passion for bloodhounds and a deep appreciation for the company of good friends and family.  He was the consummate host – warm, gracious and hospitable to all.  He was generous, humble, kind, quick-witted and charming.  

Larry is pre-deceased by his parents, Leo and Jeannette, his brother Jim of San Antonio, Texas, and his sister MaryAnn McMahon of Metairie, Louisiana.  He is survived by his daughters, Mara Dunworth Barich (Frank) of Portland, Oregon, Danné M. Dunworth of Cincinnati, Ohio, Catherine Dunworth Botta (Chris) of Rockville Centre, New York, and grandsons Devin (Nora Carr), Peter and Colin Barich and Aidan, Luke and Cole Botta.  He also leaves behind countless devoted friends and extended family, most especially Nicki and Keith Osburn.

Due to the unprecedented circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic, services will be private for immediate family.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice in his memory.

From: Ann KriegerOct 20 2020 8:16AM
Dear Diedre and girls,
         Our prayers and thoughts go out to you on lthe passing of your Dad. John and I are friends from long ago. Many fond memories  come to mind. Please give your Mom a virtual hug  for me.
Take care of each other.
                          Much Love, Ann  and John
From: Jill StevensonOct 20 2020 8:57AM
Dr. Larry Dunworth was one of the finest men I’ve ever known.  My condolences to Deirdre, Mara, Danne and Catherine and the rest of the family.
From: Kathy TorloneOct 20 2020 2:07PM
Sympathy and prayers are with you all.  Dr. D was truly one of the kindest people I know.  We will miss seeing him.   Rest in peace, Dr. D!
From: Jim MainsOct 20 2020 3:10PM
My sincere condolences to the Dunworth family.  I have numerous fond and cherished memories of the relationship between Dr. Dunworth and my father James “The Bear” Mains. We have lost a truly great human being.  Our prayers are with you.  
From: Christina (Ross) KinderOct 20 2020 5:25PM
Dr. Dunworth performed a surgery on my eye in 1972, I was 3 years old.  It was rare and unusual.  It was a great success and I know that surgery changed my life.  I often think back on how grateful I am that he was willing to do it and that he was skilled enough to succeed.  My parents thanked him but I regret not coming back to see him to thank him myself.  Eye doctors I've seen throughout my life, ophthalmologists and optometrists, often comment on what a beautiful job he did and how neatly sewn it was and what a lack of scar tissue.  My mother texted to tell me she saw his obituary today in the paper, and I read it and was reminded how thankful I am that God brought him to Huntington, WV a little before I was born, because this little girl would need his help.  I have shed many tears today for the loss of this great man.  I hope to thank him in heaven one day!  God Bless you, dear ones.  In Jesus' Love
From: Adam SteinbergOct 21 2020 7:41AM
I have such fond memories or Larry, we had such a nice relationship.  My prayers out to the entire Dunworth family!
From: Pat SwainOct 21 2020 7:14PM
My prayers to the Dr. Dunworth family at this difficult time. He was a great ophthalmologist but most of all he was a kind and humble person. Actually, the best physician I have worked with. I worked in his medical office with Phyllis Barr and vividly remember the three little girls coming in to see their Daddy. His kindness, compassion and care to us and all his patients were extraordinary.  
From: Steve & Sharon JacobsonOct 22 2020 10:58AM
We were so sorry to learn of Larry's passing.  He was a special person and will be remembered fondly by so many.  Our sympathy goes out to Dierdre and the girls.
From: Bill LawlessOct 25 2020 10:43AM
Larry & I became friends in high school, close friends.  We renewed our friendship over the past several years with memorable gatherings in Huntington, Ironton and Dayton.  Friendships such as his are everlasting,  Jackie & I extend our prayers and memories to his family.  

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