2007 Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit:
“Portraits of Alumni Achievement”
Juan “Larry” Sánchez ‘74
“If it can go wrong, it will.”
Juan “Larry” Sánchez ‘74, BBA
Believing in Murphy’s Law, Sánchez had to be prepared for the unexpected. With his father’s multiple assignments in the U.S. Navy that took him to many places, including Africa and the Dominican Republic, he learned to be ready for anything.
At the age of five, he moved to Philadelphia with his family, speaking only Spanish. He quickly immersed in the English language in order to be accepted by his classmates. Not liking to be called “One” instead of Juan, he opted for his nickname of Larry.
When his father died at the age of 42, he left behind a wife and three children. Sánchez was forced to become the “man of the house” and take care of his siblings. He has learned to work hard for what he wants and accept challenges as opportunities. He is no stranger to having two or three jobs at one time, giving 100 percent to everything he does.
He strongly feels that a person has to work hard for the things he wants in life.
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