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Hospitality Industry Icon Larry Chervenak Dies;
Known as Hotel Technology Guru


April 15, 2004 -- Lawrence T. Chervenak (born 1923) died on the evening of April 13, 2004 of heart and lung failure at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.  A funeral Mass will be offered at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 22, 2004 at Holy Family Church, 315 E. 47th St., New York, NY.  

"HFTP and the hospitality industry lost one of our icons today," said Frank I. Wolfe, CAE, HFTP executive vice president and CEO. "Larry Chervenak was known as 'the' hospitality industry's technology guru and a founding father of HITEC. On behalf of HFTP, I express my utmost sympathy for Larry's nephews, Joyce Christmas, and the rest of the Chervenak family."
Chervenak, who was president of Chervenak, Keane and Co., a hospitality consulting firm, had been a key player in the evolution of hospitality technology since the '60s. He had been involved with HFTP since that time, and was a planner of the first gathering of technology enthusiasts on April 17-19, 1972 at the Statler Hilton Hotel in Dallas. This gathering spurred an annual event, which evolved to what is now known as HITEC. Chervenak, along with his business partner, Joyce Christmas, continued to be involved with the association throughout the past several decades.  Together, they published the “CKC Report” the first industry newsletter dedicated to hospitality technology.  They contributed regularly to The Bottomline and participated on the HITEC Advisory Council. In 1989 Chervenak was one of four inductees to the HFTP Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame on its inaugural year.

A memorial service is also planned for his extended family in Minneapolis/St. Paul.  Details of that service and Larry's wishes regarding contributions in his memory will be sent separately.  Interment will be at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Cemetery (St. Mary's), Portage Township, Cambria County, Pennsylvania.

Condolences may be addressed to Joyce Christmas, Room 1311, DeWitt Nursing and Rehabilitation, 211 E. 79th St., New York, NY 10021. 

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