Laurier Andre (Larry) Archambeault Sr., 62, an industrial engineer for the Eastman Kodak Company and a retired professional hockey player and former "Rookie of the Year," died of congestive heart failure May 6 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. He lived in Hyattsville.
Mr. Archambeault was born in Aylmer, Quebec, Canada, and reared in Massena, N.Y., where he earned high school letters in hockey, baseball, football, basketball and swimming.
In 1940, at age 18, he turned down a University of Minnesota hockey scholarship to play professional hockey with the Pittsburgh Hornets of the American Hockey League. He played left defense and was named Rookie of the Year.
During World War II, while serving in the Army Air Corps, he played in the National Semipro Baseball Tournament and was named to the All-American team.
In 1946, Mr. Archambeault rejoined the Pittsburgh Hornets and later transferred to the Hollywood Wolves of the Pacific Coast Hockey League, where he was credited with leading the team to the championship playoff series before being injured. During this time, he turned down two offers to play professional baseball.
Before retiring from professional sports in 1953, he played two more seasons with the Pittsburgh Hornets and several seasons here with the Washington Lions of the Eastern Hockey League. He was the captian of the Lions in the 1952-1953 season.
Mr. Archambeault, who graduated from the Capitol Institute of Radio and Technology, now Capitol Radio Engineering Institute, joined Eastern Kodak here in 1953 as an industrial engineer in the production department. He was on his way to work at the company's Rockville offices when he was stricken.
He coached for the Lewisdale Boys Club in Prince George's County and was active in the CYO and the Holy Name Society at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Hyattsville. He was a member of the DeMartha High School Men's Club.
Survivors include his wife of 33 years, the former Theresa D. Donohoe, and four sons, Leonard J., Richard D., John P., and Martin J., all of Hyattsville; another son, Laurier A. Jr., of Lanham; three brothers, Conrad, of Massena; Roger, of Syracuse, N.Y., and Gerard, of New Port Richey, Fla., and two grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Building Fund at St. Mark's Church, Hyattsville.