Lauren A. Lydic Sr., 86, Air Force officer in WWII, Korea

March 17, 2006

Lauren Alvin Lydic Sr., a retired career Air Force officer who had served during World War II and Korea, died of congestive heart failure at the Lorien-Bel Air nursing home. He was 86.

Mr. Lydic was born and raised in Johnstown, Pa., and enlisted in the old Army Air Corps in 1937. He was a radio operator until being promoted to a personnel officer. In 1960, he retired from the Air Force with the rank of major.

"He was stationed at Enid, Oklahoma, and I was taking the train out there to get married," said his wife of 64 years, the former Margaret Jane Hurrel.

"We got married on Dec. 7, 1941, and I didn't know anything about the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor until I stepped off the train and my husband-to-be told me. We were only able to have a one-day honeymoon, and the next day we stood in a grocery store listening to a radio as President Roosevelt declared war."

Mr. Lydic was senior industrial relations manager for 19 years at the Kennecott Refining Co. plant in Curtis Bay until retiring in 1982.

The former Abingdon resident had lived in Bel Air since 2000. He was a past president and former chief executive officer of the American Council on Alcoholism, and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bel Air and the Masonic Temple in Athens, Greece.

Mr. Lydic was a history buff and avid reader.

Plans for services were incomplete yesterday.

Also surviving are a son, Lauren A. Lydic Jr. of Bel Air; a brother, Dennis Lydic of Atlanta; and three granddaughters.

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