Obituary – Larry N. Froelich


Larry N. Froelich, 77, on June 5, 2017 after a sudden accident. He was news editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader from 1990 until he retired in 2005. “Larry was a superb editor,” said Tom Eblen, Herald-Leader columnist and former managing editor. “He set high standards for our national and international coverage with his good judgment, passion for news, sense of fairness, and good humor.” Froelich grew up in Dover, Ohio and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University. He attended U.S. Army Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning, GA, and served two years as an Army Public Information Officer there. In 1968, he became a reporter at the Akron Beacon-Journal, where he worked with Akron police to design a successful anti-crime program that later inspired the national Neighborhood Watch program. In 1970, he was part of a Beacon Journal team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Kent State massacre, in which Ohio National Guardsmen shot unarmed students protesting the Vietnam War. In 1980, he moved to the Detroit Free Press, where he worked in editing positions until moving to Lexington. “Larry was the engine of the newsroom after 4 p.m.,” said Herald-Leader copy editor Will Scott. “He set a high bar for the paper, and any story that didn’t meet his standard didn’t get printed until it was made right.” In retirement Froelich pursued his lifelong passion for learning, taking a wide range of courses through the University of Kentucky’s Donovan Scholars Program. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne; three children, Mark (Christa) Froelich, Britta (Marc) Spanke, and Eric (Stephanie) Froelich; and five grandchildren, Jack, Halle, Lindsay, Clare and Robert. Friends are invited to a memorial service from 5pm to 7pm Tuesday, June 20, at Milward Funeral Home, 1509 Trent Blvd, Lexington. Burial will be later in Dover, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Leukemia And Lymphoma Society or the Lexington Humane Society.

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