Larry Miyoda


Larry Miyoda died peacefully on 15 January 2007 in Albuquerque, NM, of a subdural hematoma. He was 59.

Mechanical engineer Larry, a graduate of California State University, Fullerton, worked for several seasons as the Crary Lab facility engineer at McMurdo Station, Antarctica during the initial stages of the laboratory operation in the early 1990s.

Earlier, as a Holmes & Narver employee, his first Antarctic winter was as a member of the second winterover crew at Siple Station in 1974--part of a four-man team that included a doctor and two Stanford researchers. He also wintered as the station manager of Palmer Station in 1976, again with H&N.

Larry is survived by his brother Ed in Albuquerque with whom he had been living, and their sister and mother in Turlock, California. A private service was held, after which his ashes were to be scattered over the mountains.

Miyoda Cliff (6822'S-6505'W, a rock cliff along the Bowman Coast, south of Palmer Station and east of Marguerite Bay) was named for Larry in 1977 in recognition of his 1974 and 1976 winters.

[Note: the above photograph is from the 1976 Palmer Station winterover composite photo, currently on display at Palmer, with help from Glenn Grant. Obituary information is provided with assistance from Ed Miyoda and Bill Koleto.]