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Francis Xavier Larkin

Francis Xavier Larkin, American textile company executive. Recipient Distinguished Community Service award Brandeis University, 1981; Torch of Hope award City of Hope, Duarte, California, 1981.


  • Larkin, Francis Xavier was born on December 11, 1926 in New York City. Son of Edward Leo and Ann Therese (Zenk) Larkin.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Fordham University, 1950.


    • Trainee, retail store assistant manager F.W. Woolworth Company, New York City, 1950-1951. Buyer Associate Merchandising Corporation, 1951-1956. With Fieldcrest Mills, Inc.

      (name changed to Fieldcrest Cannon, Inc.), Eden, North Carolina, since 1956, executive vice president then corporation vice president, president Karastan Carpet and Rug division, 1974-1977, corporation senior vice president, president Karastan Marketing division, 1977-1981, president, chief operating officer, 1981-1987, chief executive officer, 1982-1987, now also vice chairman. Director Crossley Karastan Carpet Mills, Canada, Fieldcrest Ireland, Ltd.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Roman Catholic


    Trustee Institute Textile Technology Served with United States Marine Corps, 1945-1946. Member American Textile Manufacturers Institute (board directors), Marine Corps Association, United States Naval Institute, Marine Corps League, First Marine Division Association Clubs: Metropolitan (New York City), City (New York City).


    • Married Patricia Ann Kenney, January 26, 1952. Children: Francis X., Mary Patricia, Ann, Elizabeth.
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    Born December 11, 1926
    • 1950
      Fordham University
    • 1950 - 1951
      Trainee, manager F.W. Woolworth Company
    • 1950 - 1951
      retail store assistant, manager F.W. Woolworth Company
    • 1951 - 1956
      buyer Associate, Merchandising Corporation
    • 1956
      with Fieldcrest Mills
      Eden, Texas, United States
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