Brigham and Women’s Hospital mourns the loss of Lawrence “Larry” Jones, ambulatory practice manager in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension, who died June 13 after an extended illness. He was 63.
A member of the Brigham community for more than 15 years, Mr. Jones first joined as practice manager for the Department of Dermatology before transitioning to the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension, where he worked for over 14 years in the division’s 221 Longwood Ave. clinic.
“Larry’s contributions to his practice, his division and the Department of Medicine have been numerous over his many years with us,” shared Ursula Kaiser, MD, chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension. “Through his wit, kind heart and affable nature, Larry made friends easily and established himself as a manager who was approachable and supportive and treated his staff like family. He cultivated fierce loyalty from his colleagues, who will miss him every day and reflect with fondness on his professionalism tempered by a bright and occasionally irreverent sense of humor.”
An invaluable member of the division, Mr. Jones is remembered by colleagues for his unwavering commitment to his work and team.
“Larry cared so much about his clinic and staff,” said Matt Woodman, practice manager of Endocrinology. “He was able to bring joy and laughter to the clinic while also maintaining a level of seriousness and dedication to make sure patients received the best care possible.”
Kaiser added that Mr. Jones loved coming to work.
“When introducing himself, he would always take care to expand on his areas and include ‘Endocrinology, Diabetes, Hypertension, Thyroid and Osteoporosis’ — a mouthful, but it reflected the immense pride he took in his work and his team,” she said.
Bernadette M. Donnellan-Tucker, director of the Department of Medicine, recalled that Mr. Jones always put his team first.
“He would always take the time to listen, and he was invested in each member of his staff,” she said. “He would want us to remember him for his loyalty, laughter and his friendship.”
In addition to his strong work ethic, Mr. Jones was his colleagues’ biggest supporter.
“I have had the privilege of working for Larry a little over 14 years, and Larry was such a great manager,” said Richelle Fernandes, practice coordinator for Endocrinology. “He was supportive of his staff and very loyal.”
Under Mr. Jones’s leadership, the division saw numerous critical improvements, from the expansion of its bone density service and rollout of a new bone station software to the implementation of Epic Scheduling Optimization.
“He enthusiastically championed the accomplishments of his clinical providers and staff and advocated daily for their success,” said Kaiser.
For all those he worked with, Mr. Jones was more than just a colleague.
“Larry was not just my manager but part of my family,” added Fernandes. “My children used to love coming into the clinic just to say hi to Larry and asked for him when he was out sick.”
Mr. Jones is celebrated for his exuberance and warmth.
“His upbeat and caring personality allowed him to connect with his staff so effortlessly,” Woodman said. “Even if you only knew him for a few months, it felt like he was a lifelong friend. He was extremely trustworthy, loyal, quick-witted and last, but definitely not least, stylish. I am grateful to have known Larry as a supportive manager, passionate co-worker and loyal friend.”
Outside of work, Mr. Jones loved cooking, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying art. Among his many memorable traits was his passion for fashion, colleagues shared.
“He always dressed with impeccable style and panache,” Kaiser said. “If the saying goes, ‘Dress for the job you want,’ one would look at Larry and assume he wanted to be a model. While that might have been his first career choice, we can say with certainty that he brought that same poise, polish and color to the Brigham, where he brightened the day of everyone he worked with.”
Above all, colleagues said, Mr. Jones brought out the best in those around him.
“To know Larry was to love Larry,” said Fernandes. “I am blessed to have had the opportunity to not only know Larry but learn from him and grow as a person because he had always encouraged me to be the best me possible. He is missed dearly.”
Mr. Jones is survived by his sister Sharon McCune and her husband, James; sister Michele Calautti; brother Stephen Jones and his wife, Julie; and several nieces and nephews, as well as many other loved ones.