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Lafayette Mourns the Death of Bill Lawson

July 13, 2013

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EASTON, Pa.- The Lafayette College community mourns the death of William Lawson, 79, who died this afteroon in a car accident on Interstate 78 in Hunterdon County, N.J. Lawson resided on College Hill with his wife, Peggy.

"All of us in the Lafayette family are stunned by the news of Bill's tragic passing," said Lafayette Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon. "Our hearts are broken for his wife Peggy and his family. Family was at the very heart of Bill's being and he was the most positive person I knew. No matter the kind of day you were having, Bill's very presence put a smile on your face. He was a great friend and colleague. He will be sorely missed."

 Memorial Services
A private burial is planned, with a community gathering in celebration of Bill Lawson's life to follow in August or September. Further information will be shared as it becomes available.
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 Lawson Remembered Fondly
7/19/2013 (The Express-Times) William L. Lawson Obituary

7/16/2013 ( In Memoriam: Former Lafayette Coach Bill Lawson

7/16/2013 ( Remembering A Lacrosse Great: William Lawson

7/14/2013 (The Express-Times) Lafayette College coach remembered fondly by colleagues and former players

7/14/2013 ( SportsTalk Blog) Lafayette's Bill Lawson was more than a coach

In addition to his wife, Peggy, Lawson is survived by two children -- Christine Hastings and her husband, David, and Glen Lawson and his wife, Martha -- as well as five grandchildren -- Lydia Hastings, Wills Hastings, Sydney Lawson, Griffin Lawson and Jack Lawson.

Lawson retired following the 2002 season, ending a 37-year career at Lafayette in which he coached three different sports. He later returned in 2007 as a volunteer assistant men's lacrosse coach.

One of the most well-respected lacrosse coaches in the nation, Lawson was inducted into the Pennsylvania Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2002. The 1991 Patriot League Coach of the Year, he is the winningest men's lacrosse coach in Lafayette's history.

In 2001, Lawson was one of a select few who coached at the U.S. National Team tryouts for the 2002 International Lacrosse Federation World Championships.

Lawson coached in the annual North-South All-Star lacrosse game twice, most recently in the summer of 1997, in addition to working the event in 1989. He annually served as a clinician at the NCAA-sponsored YES (Youth Education through Sports) Clinic held in conjunction with the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships.

Lawson's lifetime of contributions to lacrosse have not gone unnoticed, as he was selected as the recipient of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's "Howdy Myers Man of the Year Award" in 2000. The annual award is presented by the USILA to the person who has contributed to the game of lacrosse in a capacity over and above the normal efforts and has shown unselfish and undying devotion.

A 1959 graduate of Springfield College, Lawson joined the Lafayette coaching staff in 1965 as both the swimming and tennis head coach before assuming the men's lacrosse post in 1972. He retained the swimming position until 1986 and continued as the school's diving coach until 2002. He was named the Patriot League Diving Coach of the Year in 1999-2000.

The Wilmington, Del. native earned a master's degree from Westfield State College.