Loring (Larry) Rowell was born in Lynn, Massachusetts on January 27, 1930. He graduated from high school in 1948 and entered the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts in 1948 as a major in Science and Biology. Other interests were skiing, football and track and field. He transferred to Springfield College in Massachusetts in 1950 to prepare for a career in teaching and coaching. There, incidentally, he met Charles Tipton, also the subject of a video in this series, who became a life-long friend and colleague.
At Springfield, Professor Peter Karpovich, M.D., became a major influence. He had left his native Russia in the 1920’s and found a home at Springfield College where he taught physiology and conducted research. His effectiveness as an educator and a thoughtful investigator made him a model. Larry worked in his laboratory during his senior year (1953). Dr. Karpovich urged Larry to apply to the graduate school at the University of Minnesota; in particular, the laboratory of Ancel Keys, Henry L Taylor, Francisco Grande, et al. They had conducted the famous study on “The Biology of Human Starvation”, still an exemplar of human experimentation at its best. Its object was to assess whether the semi-starved people of post World-War II Europe would be able to recover.