Published in The Capital Gazette on Feb. 5, 2017
Emmett M. Lanier
Emmett M. Lanier, (age 87) born 1929, raised in
Washington DC, a highly decorated Korean War Veteran,
and noted financial authority.
A 1948 graduate of Eastern High School, Seaboard
Finance Corp of CA in the 1950's, later Marlo Furniture
Corp, Washington DC area.
After his army service in Korea, he enrolled in Benjamin
Franklin University in Washington DC and earned a
degree in accounting & business law in 1957-Magna
Cum Laude-he also attended CCNY, New York City in the late 50's. He proudly served
in the US Army 1950/52 in Korea, was on Heartbreak Ridge for 9 months with the 25th
Inf Div until his discharge. Emmett received numerous honors, including the Bronze Star,
CIB, Korean Service Medal and 10 others.
His early years, 1943-46, Emmett was the visiting team Batboy for the Washington
Senators, spent time with Metropolitan Police Boys Club #5, playing football and
boxing Silver Gloves. During the "Legacy of Griffith Stadium/A Sports Symposium" at
Howard University, September 25, 2001, Emmett was a panelist with Mickey Vernon,
Harmon Killerbrew, Chuck Hinton, Buck O'Neil, Bobby Mitchell and others, hosted by
George Case, Director of SABR. The Turkish Ambassador and Senator Warner,
Secretary of the Army, honored him in 2001 at the Turkish Embassy for his military
Retired in 1985 after 25 years with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office he moved to
Annapolis, MD, where he sailed and held his USCG Captains License for many years.
Emmett's accomplishments were only surpassed by the manner in which he lived his
life. His generous deeds for friends and strangers alike became legendary.
Survived by his wife of 45 years, Joan (Anderson) Lanier, son Daniel R. Lanier, Ellicott
City, MD, daughter Susan L. Lanier of North Port, FL and two grandchildren, Sean and
Services will be private.
Memorial donations to the charity of your choice .