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Jess Larson, First GSA Administrator, Dead at 82

February 27, 1987

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Jess Larson, the first administrator of the General Services Administration and former chairman and president of the Air Force Association, died Wednesday. He was 82.

Larson served as general counsel of the War Assets Admininstration in 1946 and became administrator of the agency one year later. In 1949, President Truman nominated Larson to head the Federal Works Agency. Less than a month later, Larson became administrator of the GSA, which was created that year, and served in that post until 1953.

Larson, a retired major general in the Air Force Reserve, served as chairman and president of the Air Force Association from 1964 to 1971. The Air Force awarded Larson the Exceptional Civilian Service Award.

A native of Mill Creek, Okla., Larson attended the University of Oklahoma and also served as mayor of Chickasha, Okla.

Larson, a lawyer, was counsel to the firm of Stoels, Rives, Boley, Fraser and Wyse in Washington, D.C., at the time of his death.

Larson is survived by his wife, Zdenka Sokitch, and two brothers.