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Francis Xavier Larkin

textile company executive

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.


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.


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.