John R. Larkin, 87

Aviator, businessman

January 08, 2008|By Greg Garland

John R. Larkin, a decorated Navy veteran and businessman, died of prostate cancer Thursday at his home in Annapolis. He was 87.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Larkin was a 1939 graduate of Mount St. Joseph's High School. He attended the Johns Hopkins University and worked at BGE before joining the Navy in 1942.

He served as an aviator in the Pacific during World War II, according to his family, and was part of the air patrol that protected the USS Missouri in Tokyo Harbor during the surrender of Japan.

Military honors he received, his family said, included three Distinguished Flying Crosses, six Air Medals and a Presidential Unit Citation.

He returned to BGE after the war, then worked as a distributor for a jewelry company and later for a brewing company and as a real estate broker. He also owned and operated Larkin's retail clothing store on Main Street in Annapolis.

In the early 1970s, he joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was later transferred to the National Security Agency, from which he retired.

Mr. Larkin was a communicant and usher for many years at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Severna Park.

He was a member of the Naval Academy Officer's and Faculty Club and the American Legion. He taught safe-boating classes for the Coast Guard Auxiliary and as a volunteer for the Maryland Natural Resources Police.

A funeral Mass is scheduled for 11 a.m. today at St. John the Evangelist Church. Interment will be at Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville.

Mr. Larkin was preceded in death by his first wife, the former Mary Leah Morgan of Glen Burnie, and his second wife, Patricia McCusker Kalis of Arnold.

He is survived by two sons, John "Jay" Larkin of Arlington, Va., and Phillip "Chip" Larkin of Annapolis; four daughters, Kathleen Hannemann of Peoria, Ill., Rosemary "Honey" Harrell of Tomball, Texas, Linda Heinmuller of Catonsville, and Deanna Paulis of Land O'Lakes, Fla; three stepchildren, Jay Kalis of Bethesda, Kayzie Barr of Pines-on-Severn and Anne Paxton of Braddock Heights; a brother, Robert Lee Larkin of Baltimore; nine grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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