Larry Warrenfeltz joined IHMC in July 2001 after spending most of his life on active duty in the U.S. Navy. Leaving the military-industrial complex for academe, he accepted the job as the Institute’s Director of Sponsored Research. A native of a small Maryland farm town, Larry graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1975 with a B.S. in Oceanography. He continued his taxpayer-funded education at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, earning a dual Masters in Meteorology and Oceanography in 1980, and a PhD in Meteorology in 1987.
With the slightest encouragement, he will launch into sea stories about his tours as the weather-guesser on USS NIMITZ and on the Sixth Fleet staff in the Mediterranean Sea. His favorite Navy jobs were two assignments in command. The first was as the Director of the National Ice Center from 1993-1995. NIC is responsible for the study, analysis, and forecasting of sea and lake ice for the Arctic, Antarctic, Great Lakes, and Chesapeake Bay. From 1997 to 2000, Larry had “the best job in the Navy” when he commanded the Naval Oceanographic Office. Using satellites, aircraft, and a modern fleet of eight survey ships, NAVOCEANO gathers all sorts of information about the oceans of the world.
Between February and May you’ll get Larry’s voice mail on many afternoons, as he will be out umpiring high school and college fast pitch softball games.
Larry’s wife Nancy is a native of Pottstown, PA. After 25 years as a Navy wife (the toughest job in the Navy) she enjoys having a "permanent" home in Pace. Their son Jim received BS and MBA degrees from Tulane University in 2004. Jim and his wife Liz live in Allentown, PA. Their daughter Lindsay graduated from UWF in 2006. She is working on a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Washington. She and her husband Nate live in Redmond, WA.