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Larry LeDoyen Sr., owner of air conditioning firm, dies

Larry LeDoyen was an advocate for fair competition and headed an effort to create a state licensing program for the Maryland HVAC industry. He was issued license No. 1.
Larry LeDoyen was an advocate for fair competition and headed an effort to create a state licensing program for the Maryland HVAC industry. He was issued license No. 1. (Handout)

Larry LeDoyen Sr., the owner of an air conditioning and heating business who became an advocate for independent utility contractors, died of dementia July 10 at Gilchrist Hospice Care of Towson. He was 79 and lived in Lutherville.

Born in Norfolk, Va., he was the son of Calvin and Shirley LeDoyen. He was raised on Bon Air Road in Towson, and was a 1957 graduate of Towson High School.

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He met his future wife, Janet Loewy, while he was a student at the school. They married in 1961.

After high school he joined his father in a business, Northeastern Heating and Air Conditioning, that operated from the family home’s basement. The business later moved to the Clipper Mill area, to Harford Road and to Aylesbury Road in Timonium. He sold the company in 1995.

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Carl Beernink, a Brown Advisory investment counselor, was a three-time All America lacrosse player at Towson State.

In 1972 he headed an effort to create a state licensing program for the Maryland HVAC industry. He was issued license No. 1.

Mr. LeDoyen had also fought against BGE and its home improvement division. He was a founder of the Maryland Alliance for Fair Competition.

“My father was adamant about fair competition and fought against the monopoly of BGE,” said his son, Larry LeDoyen Jr. of Alexandria, Va.

A Republican, Mr. LeDoyen ran unsuccessfully for the state Senate in 2002. He ran on a platform supporting small business and advocating fair competition. His campaign motto was “Bring common sense to Annapolis.”

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Family members said he knocked on more than 10,000 doors in Baltimore County as he handed out literature and spread his message.

Mr. LeDoyen was a founder and board member of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, headquartered in Washington. He was also a founding member of the Heating and Air-conditioning Contractors of Maryland, and was founding president of the Heat Pump Association of Maryland.

He was a volunteer with the Court Appointed Special Advocates, a group that helps children in need. He was also a founding member of St. Andrew Lutheran Church on Taylor Avenue in Northeast Baltimore.

He and his wife visited seven continents. Among their journeys were trips to wildlife sanctuaries in Africa because of their interest in animals. They raised dogs at their home.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. July 28 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1609 Kurtz Avenue in Lutherville, where he was a member.

In addition to his wife of 57 years and his son, survivors include a daughter, LeeAnne LeDoyen of Timonium; two sisters, Janice Brindza of Columbia and Cheryl Weaver of Rockville; and five grandchildren.

—Jacques Kelly

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