John Lafean came to USFA in September 1952 and worked at BDN’s Salzburg and St Johann stations before joining the Vienna announcing staff. He was manager of the St Johann studio for two months.
Lafean’s radio experience began back in his hometown of York, Pa., while he was a member of the Teenage Dramatic Club that presented a weekly drama production over the local station. After a year at York Junior College, he entered Gettysburg College where he joined the staff of the college radio network WWGC as an announcer and disc jockey.
A member of Theta Chi fraternity, he was graduated from Gettysburg with a BA degree in psychology in 1951.
Before his induction into the Army in March, 1952, Lafean was employed as an industrial psychologist in New York.