The Friars Club Commemorates the Passing of Its Dean, Larry King

A graduate of the Texas A&M University Mays Business School in College Station, Texas, Harvey Bell found professional success with a number of firms in New Jersey. A longtime resident of West Orange township, Harvey Bell is an active member of the Friars Club across the Hudson River in Manhattan.

Established in 1904 as a gathering place for entertainers, the Friars Club has become world-renowned as a comedic institution. Evolving far beyond a mere meeting place, it is perhaps most widely recognized today for its celebrity roasts. In addition to handling other responsibilities, the dean of the Friars Club helps to preside over these legendary roasts.

Until his death on January 23, 2021, the Friars Club’s sitting dean was the seasoned television and radio broadcaster Larry King. In a public statement about his passing, the executive committee, board of directors, and the entire membership of the Friars Club announced that they were “deeply saddened” by King’s passing and extremely grateful for their opportunity to “bask in his reflection.”

King became the sixth Friars Club dean when he replaced comedian Freddie Roman in 2014. He also served as abbot of the now-defunct Friars Club Beverly Hills chapter.