Larry Kravet passed away at home beside his family on March 7, reported Kravet Inc. He was 92. As part of the family-owned company’s third generation of leadership, he helped evolve what had been a local fabric company into the biggest integrated trade wholesaler of decorative home products in North America.
Born in Brooklyn, Kravet volunteered to serve in World War II, in 1943, as a Navy medic on a ship in the Pacific Ocean. (He would go on to serve in the military again, in the Korean War.) He graduated from Long Island University with a business degree in 1948 and joined the family firm in 1949. He married Utta Falkowitz that same year, and they had three children.
“Larry was a man with many passionate interests,” Kravet Inc. shared in a statement. “He loved art and nature; more specifically, the colors that are created by both human talents and non-human forces. These would often be integrated into his textile products. He loved fishing, walking in the woods, and just observing the details and interactions in nature. He also loved to travel to almost anywhere. Most importantly, he was passionate about his family.”
Kravet is survived by his wife of 68 years; his brother, Alvin Kravet; his children, Ellen Kravet, Cary Kravet and Scott Kravet; son-in-law, Raymond Burke; daughters-in-law Lisa Kravet and Leslie Kravet; and grandchildren Sara, Daniel, Sander, Shayna and Layton.