B. Lumpkin, 54, former manager at WBFF-TV, Channel 45Bruce...

May 25, 1999

B. Lumpkin, 54, former manager at WBFF-TV, Channel 45

Bruce Keyser Lumpkin, former general manager of Channel 45, WBFF-TV, died May 18 of injuries he suffered in an automobile accident near Birmingham, Ala. He was 54 and lived in Atlanta.

He was managing partner of Galleria Broadcast Group in Atlanta and an owner and general manager of WOWL-TV in Florence-Huntsville, Ala.

Mr. Lumpkin joined WBFF as an account salesman in 1970 and remained there for 12 years. He left and returned as general manager from 1987 to 1991.

"During his tenure, the station had a 50 percent increase in revenues, an affiliation with the Fox network and the development of WBFF's `News at Ten,' " said Gregory Conn, a friend and colleague in Atlanta.

"He was a magnificent guy and a fine gentleman. [His death] is a great loss to the industry," said David D. Smith, president of Sinclair Broadcasting, which owns Channel 45.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Lumpkin graduated from Calvert Hall College high school and the University of Maryland, College Park.

He served in the Army in Vietnam and was wounded. He was discharged as a sergeant in 1970.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Allegheny Ave., Towson. He is survived by his wife, the former Lynn Astrid Harmon, whom he married in 1973; a son, Tad W. Lumpkin, and a daughter, Elin M. Lumpkin, both of Atlanta; his mother Doris Keyser Lumpkin of Towson; and his brother, Douglas K. Lumpkin of Monkton.

Donald Emmett Devine, 69, Social Security manager

Donald Emmett Devine, former director of supply management for the Social Security Administration in Woodlawn, died Friday of heart failure at his Catonsville home. He was 69.

He retired from SSA in 1990 after a 35-year career that included working in telecommunications and program operations.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Mr. Devine earned a bachelor's degree in English from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., in 1952. He worked for Alcoa in Pittsburgh before he joined SSA.

Services were held yesterday .

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, the former Myra Quinn; a son, Michael J. Devine of Westminster; two daughters, Janet Devine of Campbell, Calif., and Elaine Devine of Baltimore; a brother, Jack Devine of North Canton, Ohio; and two sisters, Dolores Karman and Clara Jena, both of Pittsburgh.

Pub Date: 5/25/99

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