WASHINGTON -- Lucien Carr, 79, who ignited the Beat Generation when he introduced his college floor-mate Allen Ginsberg to Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs at Columbia University in 1944, died yesterday in Washington after a bout with cancer.
A life-long editor at UPI and longtime New Yorker, Carr gave Kerouac the roll of Teletype paper he used to write the Beat bible, "On the Road," and was the model for the character Roland Majors in that book.
"When Jerry Garcia, who adored Kerouac, met Lucien, he said, 'Ah, the real Roland Majors,' and they talked a bit," said Grateful Dead and Beat biographer Dennis McNally, a close friend of Carr's.
Carr stabbed to death his gay ex-scoutmaster, David Kammerer, in Riverside Park in 1944, after he stalked Carr. Kerouac testified on Carr's behalf, and he served only two years of a 20-year sentence.
Carr is survived by longtime partner Kathleen Silvassy and three sons, including best-selling novelist Caleb Carr. -- Kenneth R. Bazinet