Larry Mannion, '68, and George Harvey, '68: Securing a Place of Remembrance
December 11, 2013 by Lisa M. McMahon, M.A.'09
Larry Mannion and George Harvey, both Class of 1968, had an unexpected reunion in October of 2010 when they came together to design and execute a security system for the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Larry, director of security for the memorial, notes that when he contacted MSA Security to discuss the best way to screen visitors to the World Trade Center site, he was re-introduced to his classmate, George, who was chairman of the company. It was the first time the two had seen each other in more than 40 years.
After graduating from Niagara with a degree in history, Larry attended Fordham University School of Law. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1969 and served for two years, both in the United States and in Korea. In 1974, Larry began a 32-year career with the New York Police Department. Upon his retirement in 2006, he launched a second career in security with the Empire State Building. Four years later, Larry was selected as the 9/11 Memorial and Museum's first director of security.
Meanwhile George, also a history major, had served five years in the Army and founded Medifit of America, a company he turned into one of the leading providers of physical therapy services in the United States. He joined MSA Security in 1995, where he spearheaded the company's technological expansion by developing and executing its SmartTech ® and SmartChem ® services.
The two NU alumni have been working together for the past three years, partnering to ensure the safety of the more than 10 million visitors to the memorial. MSA leases and services the X-ray and magnetometers that are used to screen the public, supplies an explosive detection canine, and conducts background investigations for all new hires and volunteers at the memorial, which has been open since September 2011. The museum, which is currently under construction, is scheduled to open in spring 2014.