Max Larson died today at 96 yrs...Watchtower President since 2000

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  • williamhconley

    Watchtower Society of New York President Max Larson died today at the age of 96.

    Served in Bethel since 1938 (73 yrs at Bethel) long before Geoffrey Jackson & Anthony Morris of the GB were even born.

  • Broken Promises
    Broken Promises

    125 views and no one cares... lol.

  • JWStruggle

    Bushy eyed brother, a friendly smile. Gave his life completely to the cause of the WTO. "Captive to the Concept" down to the end.

  • factfinder

    He provided me with some facts & figures I requested from him for a few years, then wrote an unfriendly letter asking me not to contact him again.

  • ziddina


    So many interesting thoughts chasing all around through my mind!!

    First of all, does this open up a power struggle for the "top spot"? Will internal strife and competition for the position of "president" cause another divisive conflict within the Governing Body?

    Secondly, with this man gone, does this mean that more "young blood" will be introduced? He was probably old enough to be a 'non-entity', but perhaps not.

    Will there be some new shifts in policy, due to his death? Or will it be "business as usual"? [I suspect that it will...]

    Waiting with bated breath...

    Zid the She-Devil

  • JWStruggle

    The ones that occupy "corporate" positions have little real power. The legal department has power. The service department has quite a bit also. Writing has a little too. But the seven men at the top have the vast majority.

  • talesin

    I have mixed emotions about this.

    On the one hand, I feel, such a long, wasted life.

    On the other hand, I feel, a mass murderer has died.


  • ziddina

    Uhm, earlier Watchtower Corporation "presidents" - Russell, Rutherford, Knorr - have all held a good deal of power.

  • nateb

    He once chatted with me while I was working on a wall in the connection to the 90 Sands property, almost twenty years ago. He was a kind old man that believed in the organization. Captive of a concept like all of us once were. I'm sad for his passing and hope that it was peaceful.

  • Aussie Oz
    Aussie Oz


    I thought he was a cartoonist...

    And i bet a good portion of JWs have no idea who he was either!


  • InquiryMan

    I think his lifestory was published in the magazines once... If my memory is reliable, I think he was was Jewish and involved in many real estate dealings of the societyl, or am I totally off line here or mixing him up with someone else?

  • Aussie Oz
    Aussie Oz

    Hang on...

    Isnt Don Adams the Prez?

    or do they have different presidents for different corporations?


  • sizemik

    Never heard of him . . .

  • paulnotsaul

    Did anyone else catch the typo in the opening part of the article? When giving backround about his mother it said ' the man in which whom HE would marry '. Anyhow, never heard of him. R.I.P. peaceAll paulnotsaul

  • kramer

    "never heard of him"... exactly, thats kind of good dont you think?

  • MrMonroe

    See Wikipedia article: Corporations of Jehovah's Witnesses.

    It's a subsidiary of the Pennsylvania corporation.

    Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc. is a corporation used by Jehovah's Witnesses, which is responsible for administrative matters, such as real estate, especially within the United States. This corporation is typically cited as the publisher of Jehovah's Witnesses publications, though other publishers are sometimes cited. The corporation's stated purposes are: “Charitable, benevolent, scientific, historical, literary and religious purposes; the moral and mental improvement of men and women, the dissemination of Bible truths in various languages by means of the publication of tracts, pamphlets, papers and other religious documents, and for religious missionary work.” [ 9 ]

    Originally known as the Peoples Pulpit Association, the organization was incorporated in 1909 when the Society's principal offices moved to Brooklyn, New York. In 1939, it was renamed Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, Inc., and in 1956 the name was changed to Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc. [ 10 ] Until 2000, a member of the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses was president of both the Watch Tower (Pennsylvania) and Watchtower (New York) corporations, as well as Britain's International Bible Students Association corporation; in 2001, it was decided that the corporations' directors need not be members of the Governing Body. [ 3 ] In 2001 the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York was listed among the top forty revenue-generating companies in New York City, reporting an annual revenue of about 951 million US dollars. [ 11 ]

  • St George of England
    St George of England

    For those of you that have never heard of him, his name is in the the front of every WT.

    He was unusual for a person of his age in that he was of the OS not anointed.


  • Sapphy

    Yep St George is right, not anointed, not on the GB, just an humble(!) other sheep who got to be a figurehead for a corporation.

  • Marvin Shilmer
    Marvin Shilmer

    My two cents:

    Max Larson was Nathan Homer Knorr’s right-hand facility man. While Knorr and his secretary, Milton Henschel, were trotting the world Larson was running the factories at home.

    Several years ago Max Larson began sipping the wine and nibbling the bread at the annual Memorial event. Suspicion was he was tired of all the up-and-comers achieving rank while he sat in the wings running the factory. He was disappointed to have not made it to the top slot (read: Governing Body member), given his service seniority.

    Marvin Shilmer

  • sizemik
    For those of you that have never heard of him, his name is in the the front of every WT.

    That's probably why I've never heard of him . . . I no longer read the Watchtower.

    Interesting addition Marvin

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