She earned her Bachelor of Science from Wagner in 1944 and her master's and doctoral degrees from New York University. She began teaching bacteriology and health sciences at Wagner in the mid-1950s and later became chair of the bacteriology department. She retired in 1984 and relocated to Florida. Active in her community, she volunteered as a hospital dispatcher and was an avid golfer and gardener.
“You have no idea how bright she was. She was an exceptional lady and a brilliant scholar,” said her nephew, Jacques Jacobsen Jr., who studied at Wagner under his aunt's tutelage, according to the Staten Island Advance.
She was predeceased by her husband of 30 years, Dr. Carl Larson, and by her sister, Anita Kershaw Jacobsen '63 M'68. She is survived by her brother, George Kershaw Jr., as well as 18 nieces and nephews, including Jacques Noel Jacobsen Jr. '54 M'63 and Jill Jacobsen Smith '55.