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First GSA Administrator, Jess Larson, Dead At 82

February 27, 1987

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The General Services Administration’s first administrator, Jess Larson, died Wednesday. He was 82.

Larson had also been president of the Air Force Association and, in 1946, the War Assets Admininstration.

In 1949, President Truman nominated Larson to head the Federal Works Agency. Less than a month later, he became administrator of the GSA, which was created that year, and served in that post until 1953.

Larson, a retired major general in the Air Force Reserve, served as chairman and president of the Air Force Association from 1964 to 1971. The Air Force awarded Larson the Exceptional Civilian Service Award.

A native of Mill Creek, Okla., Larson attended the University of Oklahoma and also served as mayor of Chickasha, Okla.

Larson, a lawyer, was counsel to the firm of Stoels, Rives, Boley, Fraser and Wyse in Washington, D.C., at the time of his death.

He is survived by his wife, Zdenka Sokitch, and two brothers.

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