Lawrence Dean “Long Tall Lean Larry Dean” Faulkner

Lawrence Dean “Long Tall Lean Larry Dean” Faulkner

Society Hill, Darlington County, South Carolina, USA
Death 11 Dec 1985 (aged 61)
Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Burial Owings Mills, Baltimore County, Maryland, USA
Plot A7 R2 S7
Memorial ID 49671793 · View Source
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Clipping from unknown newspaper sometime during the WWII era:

"GI Ends 30-Day Furlough"

Cpl. Lawrence D. Faulkner has returned to the U.S. Marine Headquarters in Washington for discharge after spending a 34-day furlough with his mother, Mrs. Theresa Faulkner, 200 E. 16th St.

A graduate of Howard High School before his induction, he was employed in the mail room of a local newspaper. Corporal Faulkner has served in the Marine Corps since Dec. 1943, and spent 13 months in the Central Pacific with the Fleet Marine Force playing with the orchestra of the 6th Marine Depot Co., at Saipan, Guam, Eniwetok and the Marshall and Mariana Islands. While on furlough he was given a welcome home reception by his cousins, Miss Bernice [correct spelling: Benice] Whitted and Mrs. Robert [Marilyn] Gantt in New York City.

After receiving his discharge he plans to attend the National Academy of Broadcasting and Radio Writing in Washington.

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Larry "Long Tall Lean" Dean was considered "The Dean" among the pioneers of Black Radio. He was loved and respected throughout this nation. On Wednesday evening, December 11, 1985, he closed his eyes at Provident Hospital in Baltimore.

Lawrence Dean Faulkner was born in Society Hill, South Carolina on Febrary 22, 1924, the only son of James Durham and Theresa (Dean) Faulkner. The family moved to Wilmington, Delaware where Larry finished Howard High School in 1942. He also lived with his family in Long Island, New York.

A true pioneer, Larry was among the first blacks to be accepted into the Marine Corps in World War II. Upon his Honorable discharge in 1946, Larry entered Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, majoring in English. He became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity while at Fisk.

He graduated in 1951 and received his first job in radio with station WERD in Atlanta, Georgia. With the experience gained at WERD, he was highly sought after and climbed the radio corporate and broadcasting ladder in numerous cities, arriving in Baltimore in the sixties at station WITH. Larry went on to pioneer at station WWIN. He then began work at station WEBB in Baltimore as Station Manager.

Then in 1972, he and friend Eddie Castleberry headed over to Washington, D.C., where they became the first Blacks to work and start a Black Mutual Network, which spanned America and the Caribbean Islands.

In July of 1977, Larry joined the Morgan State University station WEAA as its News Director, a position he held until his death. His final broadcast was aired on December 6th.

Surviving are his wife of seventeen years, Greer Simms Faulkner; sister Alma Collins; four daughters, Theresa Faulkner Hailey, Kimberly F. Baker, Donna Faulkner and Sharon Wilson; five grandchildren, a host of other relatives and friends.

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