1915 - 2000
Louise Larmon, born in Daysville, Kentucky, spent all of her career as a music teacher at two Seventh-day Adventist academies in Wisconsin. Following her graduation from Western Kentucky State University with a BA in music, she began her career teaching at Bethel Academy in central Wisconsin. When the school was relocated to Columbus and renamed Wisconsin Academy ten years later, she continued as its music teacher. For the next 31 years, she led choirs, taught lessons, and directed the band as needed. As the program grew, specialists were added to direct the band and teach piano.
During those years, her reputation as a teacher and as a godly and compassionate person grew, making her a living legend. Bob Knutson, former principal of WA would observe, "She communicated non-verbally the image of a composed, self-controlled, God-led Christian woman. She had an easy, pleasing personality no matter what the circumstances. She was someone to be comfortable around. My deep conviction, which I believe is shared by hundreds, maybe thousands of students, is that her life and service to God made immeasurable contributions to the quality of life here and set many on a life journey that will end in God's eternal kingdom."
In 2000, the music area was named Larmon Music Center in her honor. A portrait of her has been placed in the center.
Source: Sue Rappette, "Teachers Influence Lives," Lake Union Herald, June 2000, 9.