Larry L. Guthrie Nursing Scholarship


Larry Guthrie started his higher education at Wenatchee Community College where he played football for the knights and began his degree in business. He then transferred to Gonzaga University because of its excellent business school and graduated from Gonzaga in 1966 with a Degree in Business majoring in Economics.

His mother, Gertrude, attended Gonzaga University for many of her required classes while she was also attending Nursing school at Sacred Heart Hospital. She received her nursing degree in 1941 and always spoke highly of the quality of education that she received at Gonzaga University.

Larry had built his first house when he was 18 years old; learning the building business from his Father and Grandfathers. While Larry was attending Gonzaga he purchased his first 21 bed nursing home here in Spokane. While operating this home he found that there was a tremendous need to take better care of our seniors, so in the late 60’s he built a 130 unit apartment house strictly for the low income elderly in the downtown area. He received great satisfaction in providing a safe, clean and warm housing environment for the seniors and remained in this field until the mid 1990’s. Larry’s parents, Ralph and Gertrude were also pioneers in establishing long-term care facilities throughout the Northwest.

Larry established this scholarship in 2005 in honor of his mother, Gertrude, knowing that Gonzaga University with its new nursing school will provide high quality nurses to help eliminate the tremendous shortage of nurses throughout our region.