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Lawrence O. Bidstrup Jr.

May 11, 1935July 4, 2021

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.

His Celebration of Life will be held on September 11, 2021 at 3pm in the First Congregational Church, 28 Main St., Marion, MA. 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 directions or to place an online tribute, please visit:


11 September

Celebration of Life

3:00 pm

First Congregational Church

28 Main Street
Marion, MA


Lawrence O. Bidstrup Jr.

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Steven Green

July 24, 2021

To Wendy Bidstrup,
My sincere condolences on the loss of your husband Larry, dorm master my senior year 1971-72. On behalf of all those whom I specifically remember from those days, Chris Beuscher, David Edgar, Jim Beattie, Evans Johnson , David Hawke, Bill Gurley, possibly Stan Godwin, Jay Ammon and others whose faces are dimly discernible in the Dexter House photo: our behavior was regrettable, your patience approaching the infinite, and I for one did not appreciate the opportunity that was there at the time. God rest his soul.
Nevertheless we share in your grief, and I especially, on account of my keen memory of the seminars on fine art you provided to a small group that year. The seed you planted took root, and now I count myself among those lucky enough to continually grow in understanding of Goya, Cezanne, Matisse, Rembrandt, Turner, da Vinci, Michaelangelo, Raphael, Vermeer, Picasso, Monet, Bernini, Phidias, Rodin, Mary Cassatt, El Greco and many others. The value of your having helped open a window to our cultural heritage has been immeasurable. I ask you to take joy in knowing how much good that did, how fondly we will remember Mr. Bidstrup, and that we will always keep him in our prayers.

Steven S. Green '72

Gail Lorden

July 19, 2021

Wendy, I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, the person you traveled through life with. May he rest in peace and may you know comfort from those who love you.

Gail Lorden
(Michaels Crafts)

Bob Malm

July 16, 2021

Larry was part of the wonderful Tabor legacy of history teachers and coaches....he supported Tabor students and staff for more than 4 decades. It was always good to visit with him during his retirement years. I'm thankful that he now rests in peace....

Bill Lowell

July 15, 2021

I’m sorry to hear about Larry’s passing. He was a wonderful teacher, friend and man.
I have fond memories of Tabor and the personal growth and encouragement I received over the years. Larry was always supportive and encouraging toward me.
I was the lucky one to have known Larry.
My prayers go out to the family.
Rest In Peace
Bill ‘68

Eric Romm

July 14, 2021

I have very fond memories of the entire Bidstrup Family.
My deepest sympathies to all of you.
Eric Romm ‘82

Bert Fett

July 14, 2021

My condolences to the Bidstrup family and friends on the passing of Larry. He touched so may people in a positive way with his unmatched enthusiasm for life.

David Lee

July 13, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Coach Bidstrup's passing. He was my crew coach. I still remember the thoughtful, encouraging notes about my performance that my parents would receive. I wish I could go back in time and take a Russian history course with him. RIP Larry

Jed Mehegan

July 13, 2021

Condolences to Wendy and the family. I have great memories of dozens of times sitting next to Biddy at wrestling matches in support of TA teams through the years. Always a wry comment. Always a wise observer. Always a valued colleague and friend.

Robert Boon

July 13, 2021

My condolences to the Family as Larry made the world and Tabor better to this teenager. Fond memories of Russian History class and visits to Dexter House. I will never forget him.
Bob Boon
Class of 73

Joe Fitzpatrick

July 13, 2021

My sincere condolences to Mr. Bidstrups family. He helped shape the character in such a positive way for so many students at Tabor. God Bless you.