Lawrence Otto “Larry” Bidstrup, Jr.

Lawrence Otto “Larry” Bidstrup, Jr., age 86 of Marion, passed away Sunday, July 4, 2021, at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Wendy (Todd) Bidstrup with whom he shared 59 years of marriage.

            Born in Cambridge, MA, Larry was the son of the late Lawrence Otto Bidstrup and Ida Mae (Beecher) Bidstrup. He was a 1954 graduate of the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, MA. Upon his graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and held the rank of sergeant during the Korean War until his honorable discharge. Larry went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Cornell University in 1962. He earned a Master of Arts Degree in History from Boston University.

            Larry taught history, coached wrestling and crew, and ran a dormitory at Tabor Academy for 43 years until his retirement in 2006. During his tenure, he mentored and inspired scores of students. His wrestling teams captured many Class A and New England championships and produced several Prep National champs. An avid fisherman and boater, Larry loved plugging the shorelines in search of bluefish and striped bass or touring the harbor with family and friends. He loved reading, road trips and reunions. His loyal dogs brought him joy. A sports enthusiast, he followed the New England Patriots and college football and wrestling, and he supported his children and grandchildren at their respective sporting events. He was passionate about education and fitness throughout his life. Known for his sense of humor, commitment to his profession and his family, Larry prided himself on helping others while connecting with people from all walks of life. He loved to drive and clearly enjoyed the ride. With a witty quote and a glass at the ready, he enjoyed the camaraderie of many friends, colleagues and former students. His life enriched us all.

            In addition to his loving wife, Larry is survived by his three children, Lauren Knight and her husband James of Marion, Peter Bidstrup of Marion, and Robin DePaolis and her husband Derek of Severn, MD; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Knight Lang and her husband Elliot, Brett Bidstrup, Kristen Knight, Larsen Bidstrup, William Knight, Michael DePaolis and Anthony DePaolis; and his great-grandson, Henry Lang, and a niece and several nephews.

            Larry was the father in-law of the late Molly Bidstrup, and brother of the late Joan Campbell.

            A Celebration of Life will be held in the fall and details will be forthcoming. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his honor may be made to Tabor Academy in support of the Lawrence O. Bidstrup Summer Sabbatical Fund or to the Salvation Army. For updated service information or to place an online tribute, please visit:

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