After high school, Lawrence enlisted in the Navy during World War II while Anna Mary entered the nurse cadet program. Lawrence used his GI Bill® to attend college when the war was over. With his degree, Lawrence worked for General Motors and served in the Army Corps of Engineers.
Larry said his father didn’t talk much about the classes at GMI but often spoke about his friendship with Harold P. “Dusty” Rodes, whom he met when they both worked in Ohio. Rodes later went on to become president of GMI from 1960 to 1976. Larry’s father also wore his GMI ring all of the time, which was passed on to his first great-grandchild. Larry said his father also spoke about the importance of what he learned during his co-op.
“We all love the idea of the co-op program, and we’re all committed to that,” Larry said. “We think that really is the future of education. It’s so important.”
He said he would like to see other members of the Buggia family contribute to the scholarship.
“I hope to keep adding to it,” Larry said. “I’m trying to get others in the family to make it their charity. I would love to see it grow and grow.”