Mr. Lawrence D. Garvey,
Hero of the Unborn, RIP
By Jacki Ragan
The right to life movement
and unborn children lost a real friend and hero when Lawrence D.
Garvey passed away. For more than 30 years, he had been deeply
involved in supporting and promoting the work of crisis pregnancy
centers; pro-life education through national television, radio, and
newspaper advertising; the work of local and state right to life
organizations; and many important projects of the National Right to
Life Committee and its Educational Trust Fund.
Mr. Garvey’s involvement in
the Right to Life Movement has helped build many of the
organizations whose work has sharply decreased the number of
abortions in the United States in recent years.
On April 25, 2001, the
National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund was proud to honor Mr.
Garvey with the distinguished Proudly Pro-Life Award. His support,
dedication, and belief in both Louisiana Right to Life and National
Right to Life were both constant and generous. He worked closely
with Mary Reilly Hunt, former director of development for NRLC;
David N. O’Steen, Ph.D., NRLC executive director; and Darla St.
Martin, NRLC co-executive director, and made it known to National
Right to Life that he believed in what we were doing as well as how
we were getting the job done.
Mr. Garvey was a founding
partner of Radiofone, Inc., a cellular paging communications
company, operating primarily in the Southeastern United States. Mr.
Garvey, with his brother Donald, founded the company in 1958 and
remained active in management until March 2000.
Mr. Garvey and his wife,
Marla, had been married for over 50 years and have three children
and several grandchildren. This modest, humble, giant of a man will
be missed by all.