ARRL and IARU President Emeritus Larry Price, W4RA (SK)

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  1. K1LKP

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    ARLX008 ARRL and IARU President Emeritus Larry Price, W4RA (SK)

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    Special Bulletin 8 ARLX008
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT September 11, 2019
    To all radio amateurs

    ARLX008 ARRL and IARU President Emeritus Larry Price, W4RA (SK)

    ARRL and International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) President Emeritus
    Larry E. Price, W4RA, of Statesboro, Georgia, died on September 10.
    An ARRL Life Member, he was 85.

    A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Price was first licensed as
    WN5TIA at age 16 and subsequently held several other call signs
    before becoming W4RA. After earning BSEE, MBA, and PhD degrees, he
    was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the US Army Signal Corps and
    honorably discharged with the rank of captain.

    Price spent most of his career as a professor of finance and
    economics at Georgia Southern University. Upon retirement, he was
    named emeritus professor and emeritus head of the Department of
    Finance and Law.

    Elected as ARRL Southeastern Division Vice Director in 1973, Price
    became Director later that year and was elected as an ARRL Vice
    President by Board of Directors in 1980. In 1983 he became First
    Vice President following the death of ARRL President Vic Clark,
    W4KFC, and was elected President by the Board the following year.

    He served four 2-year terms as ARRL President, serving
    simultaneously as IARU Secretary from 1989 until 1992, and
    continuing as IARU Secretary and ARRL International Affairs Vice
    President until his election as IARU President in 1999, a post he
    held for 10 years. The IARU Administrative Council named him
    President Emeritus upon his retirement in 2009. The ARRL Board named
    him ARRL President Emeritus in 2011.

    In 1973, Price was one of three incorporators of the ARRL Foundation
    and served for several years as Secretary and Director.

    IARU Secretary and retired ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, enjoyed a
    46-year relationship with Price. "As a young ARRL staffer, I had the
    good fortune to be asked to serve as Assistant Secretary of the ARRL
    Foundation in 1973 and worked closely with Larry from that point
    on," Sumner said. "His accomplishments as President of the ARRL and
    the IARU are too many to list, but neither organization would be
    what it is today without his vision, dedication, and hard work. We
    all owe a great debt to Larry and his family for their many
    sacrifices on our behalf."

    IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH, recalls his many years of
    association with Price. "The Amateur Radio fraternity has lost a
    valued colleague today," Ellam said. "Larry Price was the Dean of
    the IARU, and under his leadership the organization not only
    achieved great success for the Amateur Radio services but the
    respect of those we work with in the International Telecommunication
    Union (ITU). His work and tenacity on a number of issues gave the
    IARU the admiration of many administrations and senior leadership at
    the ITU, which we continue to enjoy today."

    Ellam said Price was "an excellent mentor to me and many others"
    over the years, and that during his 10 years as IARU President, he's
    tried to maintain the ideals that Price instilled in the

    In 2014, Dayton Hamvention honored Price as Amateur of the Year. At
    the ARRL Centennial Convention that same year, Price was awarded the
    ARRL Medal of Honor.

    Price's wife, Barbara Ann Parke Price, died in 1990. He is survived
    by their three children and several grandchildren.


  2. DJ0AJ

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    hallo larry mein herzliche beileit vy73 DJOAJ ekrem
  3. KB2FCV

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    He was president of ARRL and IARU when I got my license. His signature is on an award or two I have hanging up on the wall. RIP

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