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Lanny Finch Passes Away at Age 83

He was a former GAB president, board member and hall of fame inductee

The former president of the Georgia Association of Broadcasters has died, the association reported Monday.

Ellis Lanier “Lanny” Finch passed away June 22 at age 83, according to his The Atlanta Journal-Constitution obituary posted on

In addition to serving as GAB president, the association says he was a longtime board member, a former chairman of the board, director of sales, and also was inducted into its hall of fame in 2007. Finch also contributed to Georgia’s Emergency Alert System Plan, revising it twice, and also “helped create the state Levi’s Calls for missing children.”

A memorial service is scheduled for June 26 at 10 a.m. at the Floral Hills Funeral Home in Tucker, Ga., followed immediately by a reception. In lieu of flowers, Finch’s family requests that donations be given to the GAB scholarship that bears his name or to the University Libraries Annual Giving Capstone Fund at the University of Alabama, Finch’s alma mater.

The E. Lanier Finch Scholarship Program was established in 2003 when Finch was serving as the organization’s president, and according to GAB, the scholarship has thus far distributed $75,000 in funds. Those interested in contributing can write checks to “GAB Scholarship Funds Inc” and mail them to:

6 West Druid Hills Drive NE

Suite 330

Atlanta, GA 30329