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Former Raleigh city manager dies

Posted June 5, 2013

— Lawrence P. Zachary, who served as Raleigh city manager in the 1970s, died Wednesday. He was 91.

Zachary worked for the city from 1968, when he started as assistant city manager of operations, through 1983, an era that saw the city population increase by almost 30 percent.

“I want to offer my condolences to the family of L.P. Zachary. I was very sorry to hear of his passing this morning,” Mayor Nancy McFarlane said. “Raleigh’s evolution as a 21st-century city and one of the best places to live, work and play in the country is in part due to Mr. Zachary’s work and leadership as city manager during Raleigh’s early periods of growth.”

Zachary was born in Anson County and studied engineering at North Carolina State University. He is survived by his wife and daughter.


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  • djofraleigh Jun 6, 2013

    I remember Mayor Zachary well. He was a fine man. He once determined if I would be fired or not, over a little protest, and I wasn't. He was fair. I trust his retirement was peaceful and free of such matters. He had a successful life.

  • superflames Jun 5, 2013

    Mr. Zachary, thank you for your gift of public service. Our sympathies for your family.