Scholar and Gentleman
December 24, 1920 to February 11, 2013
Professor of Philosophy and Logic Vincent Larkin II went to his eternal award on Monday morning in Palo Alto. A 10 year resident of Menlo Park and a 30 year resident of Los Altos he is survived by his only son Vincent Larkin III, and his sister Agnes Marozan of Orlando Fl., and Nephew and God Son Bill Larkin of Philadelphia, and Connie Kane of Atlanta, GA. He is preceded in death by his wife of more than half a century Constance M. Larkin, Professor of Nursing and his Brother Robert and Parents Alma and Vincent Larkin I of Riverdale and the Bronx New York.
A graduate of Good Shepherd Parochial school, Towns’ and Harris High School, The City College of New York and Columbia University. He taught Philosophy and Logic at Manhattan College, Columbia, Villanova, Loyola of Los Angeles and several junior and private colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area. He served as Captain of the Port in New York during the war and taught many GI’s night school as part of the GI bill program. He taught at Columbia when General Dwight D. Eisenhower was the University President.
Devoted to the classics of Aristotle, Socrates, Plato, Augustine as well as modern Thomas Aquinas philosophy (known as Thomists) such as Jacque Maritan. He was a colleague and friend of Dietrich Von Hidlebrand of Florence and became a Phenomenologist. He met the love of his life Connie O’Brien at Villanova University and they had one son, Vince, out in California. They came to California as part of the Master Plan of California Higher Education. He spoke German, Latin, enjoyed music, singing, writing, the outdoors, baseball, stickball, the mountains, swimming and a good Scotch at the pub. He was a staunch defender of God and Country and the benefits of a classical and liberal arts education for all.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, February 20 at 11am at Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park. Fr. Michael Healy celebrant. He will be laid to rest in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Los Altos. Toasts will follow at Fiddlers Green Irish Pub in Millbrae.