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Lawrence D. Logan, 77, Baltimore city jail captain

Lawrence Dunbar Logan, one of the first African-Americans to become a captain at the former Baltimore City Jail, died of a stroke Aug. 4 at Sinai Hospital. The Northwest Baltimore resident was 77.

Mr. Logan was born and raised in East Baltimore, and attended city public schools before earning his GED. He served in the Pacific with the Navy during World War II.

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Returning to Baltimore after the war, he had jobs as a postal worker and Harbor Tunnel guard before being hired by the City Jail in 1961. He became its first African-American lieutenant in 1966, and was named a captain in 1972. He retired in the late 1980s.

Mr. Logan enjoyed saltwater fishing, racquetball and table tennis. He was also a gourmet cook and liked entertaining family and friends.

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He was a member and usher at Mount Hope Baptist Church, 1716 Gwynns Falls Parkway, where a memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday.

He is survived by a son, Gregory H. Logan of Parkville; four brothers, Alfonso Logan of Palm Coast, Fla., and Benjamin Logan, Gary Logan and Ralph Logan, all of the Windsor Mill area; three sisters, Florence Fennell, Gloria Barksdale and Ida Wyatt, all of Baltimore; and many nieces and nephews. His marriage to the former Melba Elizabeth Rawlings ended in divorce.


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