Larry Mayran

In Memory of Larry Mayran

Larry joined the Society of American Travel Writers in 1967, marking this year as his 50th.  He was awarded the honor of Marco Polo in the 1980s. He served on various chapter and national committees and chaired the 1987 SATW Convention in Australia. 

In the early 1980s, Larry participated in the original planning to organize the SATW Foundation and the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism competition. He was elected to the first official board of directors in 1984-85. Larry served on the SATW Foundation board for 30 years.

Larry was raised in The Bronx, New York and received a degree in journalism from New York University.  His career included head of publicity & public relations for Six Flags over Texas organization in Dallas/Arlington, The World of Sid & Marty Krofft in Atlanta, his public relations agency in Los Angles and Chateau Elan Resort in Braselton, Georgia. More recently, Larry was a feature writer for, travel columnist for the Greensboro Herald Journal and Lake Life Magazine in Eatonton, Georgia.

Larry enjoyed travel.  He journeyed to many of the world’s most remote and exotic destinations. He traveled to within 600 miles of the North Pole in Thule, Greenland, down to Patagonian Chile and Puerto Williams at the tip of South America, just short of Antarctica, and from Mt. Everest, in Nepal, the highest point on earth to the lowest, the Dead Sea in Israel.

In his endless pursuit of golfing ventures he traversed terrains ranging from sand greens in Tunisia to giant pot bunkers in St. Andrews, Scotland. His travel stories and photographic images have appeared in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union, Ft. Worth Star Telegram, Points North, Sports Unlimited, Southern Distinction, Travelgirl and The Green magazines.

He spent his last days with his loving wife Julie of more than 35 years on Lake Oconee near Greensboro, Georgia.  Other survivors include, a daughter Maeda Leigh Mayran and two sons, Dr. Lawrence Wesley Mayran and Jonathan Mayran.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a tax deductible donation to the SATW Foundation sent to: Elliot Gillies, Treasurer, SATW Foundation, 2259 Compass Pointe South Wynd, Leland, NC 28451-6431

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