Carl was born in Detroit to Charles and Celia Baranski. Carl lived through the tumult of the Great Depression and World War II. As a young man, he spent summers working on his grandparents’ farm in Kinde with his cousins. The days of hard work in the fields with his cousins and lake outings became treasured memories. He often returned to the area in the summers for family reunions and vacations.
After high school, Carl was drafted into the Army, and fought in the Philippines and served as an MP in the occupation of Japan. Back in Detroit, he became an apprentice plumber with his father and later was joined by his brothers in the trade (and later his children, Donna and Tom, and several nephews). He remained a proud member of Plumbers Local 98 throughout his life.
Longtime Grosse Pointe resident and renowned auctioneer-appraiser Lawrence F. DuMouchelle died Thursday, May 16, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 84 years old.
Larry was born in Detroit to art dealer Joseph N. DuMouchelle and his wife Charlotte LePain, and lived above the family store on St. Aubin, later moving to the Boston-Edison District where he spent much of his youth. The oldest of five children, he attended Blessed Sacrament, the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and the University of Detroit, where he served in the ROTC.
As a young boy, Larry spoke French before he spoke English and enjoyed spending summers with his grandparents and cousins at the family farms in Windsor — fondly recounting stories of selling vegetables door to door. Larry was introduced to his family’s business, DuMouchelle Art Galleries, at a young age as an apprentice at eleven years old. His first experience as an auctioneer was at the age of sixteen when his father had him stand on a crate at an estate sale selling floor lamps. Although Larry had hoped to study accounting and law at Notre Dame, he was needed at home to assist with running the family business — as his father had become terminally ill.
Deirdre Groves, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Challenge Detroit was the Senior Men’s Club Luncheon Speaker on Tuesday, May 14th. Deirdre gave us a short history of Challenge Detroit and then introduced four former Fellows of Challenge Detroit and asked them to tell their story.
Challenge Detroit is a leadership and professional development program that invites approximately 30 of tomorrow’s leaders to live, work, play, give, and lead in and around the greater Detroit area for one year. During the course of the year, Fellows contribute intellectually and through hands-on service making incremental impact in the community. Learning by doing is a cornerstone of the program and the Fellows have the courage, passion, and drive to make a difference. Challenge Detroit was founded in 2008 by Doyle Mosher and Deirdre Groves. Both saw the need to attract and retain young talent in the greater Detroit area. And, in the true spirit of entrepreneurialism, the two made countless sacrifices to bring the idea to reality.
Fellows live in Detroit and
around the city of Detroit engaging in the city throughout their daily
lives. Each Fellow works for a host
company in Detroit approximately four days per week. One day a week they
participate in challenge projects designed to positively impact the community
while keeping the Fellows as well as the followers of Challenge Detroit
Challenge Detroit has continued the success of the program. When the program launched in 2012, the city was facing its largest population decline in its history. Since that time, Challenge Detroit has attracted over 4,000 applicants and drawn nearly 225 leaders to join as Fellows. Following each year, approximately75% of the Fellows receive offers from their host companies and 85% make their home in Detroit.