Lary Lewman, host and narrator at MPT, dies at 76

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Lewman (Photo: MPT)


Lary Lewman, an actor and longtime narrator for Maryland Public Television, died July 11 in his Clarksville, Md., home from complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 76.

Lewman first joined MPT in 1970, when the state network was in its infancy, as the host of a workplace-training program, Personnel Matters. His relationship with the network continued for more than three decades. From 1973 to 1979 he hosted the financial program Consumer Survival Kit, which began as a local show before being picked up for national carriage.

Lewman went on to narrate the environmental travelogue series Outdoors Maryland from 1988 to 2003. In 1990 he also narrated “A Region Divided,” MPT’s local companion piece to Ken Burns’ The Civil War.

“He was not just a narrator — he was an actor,” Outdoors Maryland Executive Producer Michael English said of Lewman. “He could come in to a session and take a script and read it cold, and it would be perfect the first time.”

Lewman’s son Lance has stepped into narrating duties for Outdoors Maryland.

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