Lawrence Bradley Sulc , age 89, of Saint Helena Island, passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s on February 1, 2017 at Regency Hospice – Bayview Manor.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Jean Luena Mestres Sulc of St. Helena Island.
Lawrence (Larry) Bradley Sulc was born July 24, 1927, Newark, New Jersey to Naomi Meredith Sulc and Frank Sulc. The family, including older bro, David Meredith, moved to the Canal Zone, Panama, where his father, an electrician, maintained the canal locks, including wiring the Mira Flores locks. Larry graduated from Balboa High School, in the Zone, in 1944, as president of his senior class. With his mother’s permission, he graduated early so he could enlist (F1c) in the US Navy and join the “Greatest Generation” fighting WWII. He served on the USS Olmsted – one of its last missions was to transport the 10th Marines, an artillery outfit that had fought on Okinawa, home from the atomic bomb aftermath of Nagasaki.
Larry used the GI bill to complete an AB in Economics from Stanford University, Class of ’51. He was a member of the Alpha Kappa Lambda (AKL) fraternity and often drove the “ Miss Daisy’s” of San Francisco to the Opera, as his student employment.
Upon graduation, another war called (in Korea) and he joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He served as an operations officer (including special operations and CI) in what is now called the Clandestine Service , for more than 23 years (from early 50s to mid-70s) primarily in Latin America (fluent in Spanish), Far East and Europe. An early posting to a small island off the coast of China focused on diversionary “raids” on the coast, harassing shipping, and infiltrating intelligence agents. His boss there was Major Bob Barrow, USMC, fresh from service in Korea, notably Inchon. Major Barrow rose to Commandant, USMC and was honored with re-naming a USMCRD – Parris Island – headquarters building to “Barrow Hall”, a ceremony at which Larry last saw “one of the best bosses” he ever had. Most-feared warning from Major Barrow, “Fool around, you guys….!” The exploits of this band of “pirates” are chronicled in “Raiders of the China Coast – CIA covert operations during the Korean War” by Frank Holober, Naval Institute Press, 1999.
In the mid- 70’s , sensing a need to dispel the negative cloud of publicity on the CIA, cast by the House’s “Church Committee”, he retired from the agency, founded, and was president of the Nathan Hale Institute, a non-profit organization advocating a strong United States intelligence capability. He appeared on several radio and television programs educating the public and policy makers on the strategic need for intelligence and produced numerous articles, publications on counter intelligence and terrorism. As a member of Washington DC’s 1D1 Neighborhood Watch, security of his neighbors did not escape his practiced eye (“I”)!
Larry later served in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Minority Staffer (Republican), representing the Foreign Affairs Committee’s Ranking Minority Member, Cong. Ed Derwinski (R-IL) – Subcommittee on Human Rights & International Organizations. After the Congressman was redistricted with subsequent appointment as Secretary, Veterans Affairs, Larry directed the House Republican Study Committee (RSC), the conservative policy group, under Cong. Phil Crane (R-IL). The RSC was subsequently chaired by Cong. Mike Pence (R-IN). In 1984, President Ronald Reagan appointed Larry Deputy Assistant Secretary for Inter- Departmental Affairs, Bureau of Intelligence and Research. After leaving as a Senior Executive Service member, he parlayed these skills and a P.I. license to consult on risk assessment, corporate security, counterintelligence and counterterrorism. This work included a TV documentary and a Time-Life book series on intelligence; and on-the-ground security intelligence assessments for NBC, covering the 1988 Summer Olympics, Seoul, Korea.
He distilled his operations’ experiences by addressing a “gap”, at that time, as author of Law Enforcement Counter-Intelligence (Varro Press 1996).
He was a member of the Board of Directors, Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO); and continued as a member of AFIO; Central Intelligence Retirees Association (CIRA); the Reagan Alumni Association and Stanford Alumni hroughout his retirement and subsequent move to St. Helena Island, South Carolina.
Larry pursued community volunteer opportunities in Beaufort through Clemson Extension’s Senior Leadership Program in 1999. Thereafter, his volunteer goals focused on the South Carolina State Guard (SCSG), joining the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Brigade, Beaufort as CW2. S2 duties included liaison with the law enforcement entities of Beaufort City and County. He qualified as a member of Beaufort’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Additional community outreach included reading to St. Helena Elementary School students; poll manager for St. Helena 2B and its precinct captain for the Beaufort County Republican Party.
Larry is pre-deceased by his parents and his older brother David Meredith. His first marriage to Marian Kiwitt ended in divorce. His children Bradley David (Carolyn); Wayne Steven (Lourdes); Katherine Janis Sulc Dwyer (Terrence); and Brian Lawrence, residing in the Washington DC capitol area, and his 13 grandchildren, ages…9…..to…..27………shared extended family activities regularly. His sister-in-law, Ruth Sulc, and nieces: Carol (Douglas) Williams; Holly Wingfield and Laura (John) Polacek and their children are also mid-Atlantic- based with the exception of
Holly and her family in Oregon.
Larry was led to the Lord, Jesus Christ, by Pastor ( Dr.) Carl Broggi, Jr. of Community Bible Church, Beaufort, who also baptized Larry and will officiate at
a memorial service , followed by burial at a later date, at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.
Friends/”comrades-in-arms” will mark, informally, “Another WWII vet’s passage”, at Copeland Funeral Service – One Copeland Drive, Beaufort 29902: Visitation, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.
Remembrances are welcomed and appreciated for:Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, 300 New Jersey Avenue, NW suite 900, Washington, DC 20001 and Community Bible Church’s, Mission Programs, P.O. Box 119, Beaufort SC 29901.