Sun photographer Lloyd Pearson captured moments in time

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In a recurring series, The Darkroom takes a look back at some of the talented photojournalists who have helped enrich the pages of The Baltimore Sun. One such photographer was Lloyd Pearson.

Lloyd joined The Sun in 1966 after working for 12 years as an industrial photographer for the old Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River. He covered a variety of assignments while working at the newspaper.

One of his more memorable moments was a famous picture of then-mayor William Donald Schaefer. The mayor — sporting an old-fashion swimsuit and straw hat — was joined by a model dressed as a mermaid in the seal pool outside the National Aquarium for a publicity stunt for the soon-to-open Inner Harbor attraction.

Lloyd was there to capture the moment Johnny Unitas dropped back to pass in the fourth quarter during his last game at Memorial Stadium and threw a touchdown.

He photographed one of the most famous pictures in Baltimore Sun history. It came on a snowy night in Owings Mills, as Lloyd was there to get the only still photograph as a Mayflower moving van, carrying the belongings of the beloved Colts NFL franchise, left for Indianapolis.

Lloyd retired from The Baltimore Sun in 1986. He passed away on Jan. 1, 2012.