In Memory

Lawrence Warman Jr.

Lawrence Warman Jr.

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04/08/14 11:15 AM #1    

Joseph Herring

Maryland Community Newspapers Online

September 6, 2007

Lawrence ‘Larry’ Kieffer Warman Jr.

by Andrea Noble | Staff Writer

Patient and diplomatic, longtime Upper Marlboro resident and former town commissioner Lawrence ‘‘Larry” Kieffer Warman Jr. was known for taking as much time as needed to explain difficult concepts in layman’s terms at public meetings. His wealth of knowledge and passion about the town’s preservation kept him in residents’ good favor.

Mr. Warman died of a massive heart attack on Aug. 25. He was 61.

Born and raised in the District, Mr. Warman graduated from Archbishop Carroll High School in 1964 and earned a bachelor’s degree in history from West Virginia University’s Institute of Technology in 1969. He moved to the Town of Upper Marlboro in 1970 after marrying Pat Warman.

There he worked for the Prince George’s County Public School System for 37 years moving up the ranks as a teacher to administrator and finally as supervisor of telecommunications design.

Mr. Warman also served nine terms, a total of 18 years, as a town commissioner of Upper Marlboro. He worked alongside Robert Hopkins and Helen Ford for 12 years before the three stepped down together in 2006.

Hopkins remembers Mr. Warman as diplomatic and always willing to spend as much time as needed to explain complex topics to citizens.

‘‘When people came to the town meetings and asked questions about something like the tax rate, he would explain it so that they couldn’t leave without understanding the issue,” Hopkins said. ‘‘He was very knowledgeable and a very easy person to get along with.”

Jay Tucker, the current president of the board of town commissioners, said Mr. Warman was a tremendous help to the three elected commissioners when they first took office. Tucker was elected president after Mr. Warman, Hopkins and Ford all decided to forgo re-election.

‘‘Larry would answer any question we had and he would always be more than happy to give us an educated answer,” Tucker said.

Current commissioners also call Mr. Warman a huge advocate of the town for the accomplishments made during the time he served, which began in 1988. With his experience in telecommunications design, Mr. Warman created the town’s computerized database for parking citations.

Many residents were also appreciative of the lengths Mr. Warman went to preserve Upper Marlboro’s quiet character.

‘‘He liked the town as a quiet community town,” Hopkins said.

Mr. Warman worked extensively with county planners on a version of the Sub-Region 6 master plan to limit unnecessary development. Even his hobbies preserved the memory of the town. Pat Warman recalled her husband as the ‘‘official family photographer” because of his passion for the art. Several of his photos of the town were made into postcards and sold at local stores.

In 2004, Mr. Warman’s colleagues honored him by presenting him with the Longevity Award from Prince George’s County Municipal Association for his service as an elected official.

In addition to his wife, surviving are five children: Lawrence K. Warman III of Lothian, Forrest E. Warman of Waldorf, Kristie A. McCauley of Upper Marlboro, Eric P. Warman of Upper Marlboro and Steven G. Warman of Calvert County. He is also survived by nine grandchildren; Chelsea, Emily, Zachary, Stephanie, Jacob, Peter, and Elizabeth Warman, and Thomas and Alex McCauley.

Services were held last week at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Upper Marlboro. He was buried in Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton.


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