Richard A. Larkin Sr., businessman and philanthropist, dies at age 62

December 31, 1990

Services for Richard A. Larkin, Sr., a Glen Burnie businessman active in charitable causes, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel of the Crownsville National Veterans Cemetery at 1080 Sunrise Beach Road.

Mr. Larkin, a 33-year resident of Olde Severna Park, died yesterday of cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 62.

Born in Govans, Mr. Larkin attended Baltimore City College and Calvert Hall College high schools before entering the Navy, which awarded him the World War II Victory Medal upon his discharge in 1949.

He worked in sales before opening the Glen Burnie firm of Larkin Real Estate more than 30 years ago. He directed the company until the time of his death.

Mr. Larkin was devoted to the needy. He felt a special affinity for ailing, handicapped and retarded children, for whom he provided transportation and tickets to many sporting events.

He also worked tirelessly for the Rockwell House children's hospice, an affiliate of the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

He helped raise funds for many charitable causes and founded educational scholarships at a number of institutions. These, at his request, remain anonymous.

Mr. Larkin's interests included sports, running and, in later years, distance walking. For 20 years he was a familiar figure on the track at Severna Park High School.

Mr. Larkin is survived by his wife of 41 years, the former Barbara Stinefelt, of Severna Park; a son, Richard A. "Drew" Larkin Jr., and daughter, Dale L. Atkinson, both of Severna Park; seven grandchildren; his brothers, John Larkin of Severna Park, and Robert and William Larkin, both of Baltimore; and his sister, Nancy L. Wood of Baltimore.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Barranco Severna Park Funeral Home.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Larkin Family Nursing Endowment Fund, care of Barry Weinberg, at Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Parkway, Arnold, Md. 21012.

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