Friday, June 20, 2008
LAWSON, CHARLES JUDSON, 87, passed away on June 8, 2008 at his home in New London, NH. Chuck was a 1943 graduate of MIT, completing his degree early in order to join the US Army. He served in Europe during WWII, and was discharged as an Artillery Captain in 1945. He married Joan Hubbard of Nashua, NH in 1942. After the war, Chuck had a distinguished career in manufacturing management in companies such as IBM, Hancock-Telecontrol, and National Micronetics. He retired in 1983 as a Group Vice President of EG&G Industries, and President of their Rotron Division. He also served on numerous corporate and non-profit organization boards, including Labsphere in NH and the Kingston Hospital and Marist College in NY.
Chuck and Joan had an abiding love for the state of NH. They honeymooned in Sunapee Harbor, and vacationed at Cable's Cabins on Little Lake Sunapee. They then purchased a home in Springfield, NH in 1963, which became their summer residence after retirement. They also resided in Naples, FL.
Chuck became active in the New London community when he joined the Colby Sawyer College's Board of Trustees in 1988. He was elected Chairman in 1992, and served in this capacity until 1998 when he became an emeritus trustee. During his tenure, Colby Sawyer made a number of key changes, including the planning and implementation of the college's change to a coeducational institution, selection of a new college president, construction of the Hogan Center and other athletic facilities, successful execution of a major capital campaign, and a significant campus expansion.
Chuck was also elected to the New London Hospital Board of Trustees in 2001, and was instrumental in developing plans to overcome operating challenges at the hospital. He became an emeritus trustee in 2005.
Chuck was predeceased by his loving wife, Joan, in 2005. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Nancy Lawson of Naples, FL, and his sister, Rev. Rosemary Peters of Halifax, MA, as well as by his children and their spouses, Charles and Cindy Lawson of Springfield, NH, Bruce and Jody Lawson of Plattsburgh, NY and Gail and Reid Anderson of Tampa, Fl. He will also be missed by his four granddaughters, Betsy Fujinaga, Susan Woodard, Julia Lawson and Mercy Anderson, and his great-granddaughter, Lilliana Cross.
One of Sunapee's favorite items for fetch is this giant flexible frisbee. It's about 3x the size of his head. He usually grabs it from the center and we wonder how he can find his way back to us without the aid of sight.
Watching the puppy with the sun at our backs. The shot always makes me think of a Steely Dan album.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Further Googling has yielded a history of IBM’s
Click here for a quick snapshot of Daddy Cuck and his IBM legacy.
This find is another reason to love the internet and specifically (for me) Google.
Photo from IBM.com
Charles "Chuck" J. Lawson, former chairman of the Colby-Sawyer College Board of Trustees, passed away unexpectedly on
Chuck was a leader who was unafraid to take bold steps when they were complemented by careful stewardship. He was directly involved in the college's goal-topping, first-ever, comprehensive capital campaign, the continued improvement of its high quality academic programs, its consistent growth in both endowment and enrollment, numerous physical plant improvements, and its highly successful reaccreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. During his tenure as chair, Lawson Hall was conceived and constructed, and 116 acres of land for new recreation and athletic fields was purchased.
Both Chuck and his wife, Joan, who predeceased him in 2005, were passionate supporters of education, and their generosity touched every facet of the Colby-Sawyer community. They often said, "We like knowing that at Colby-Sawyer we can really make a difference." Chuck and Joan were members of the Legends Society, a group whose membership includes those who donate $1 million or more during their lifetimes to the college.
As a way of acknowledging all of Chuck's extraordinary contributions to Colby-Sawyer, in 1998 he was awarded the Susan Colgate Cleveland Medal for Distinguished Service, the college's highest honor. President Tom Galligan said of Mr. Lawson, "Chuck's commitment, intelligence, hard work, and dedication to our college were instrumental in significantly reinforcing the foundation upon which the strength of Colby-Sawyer is built today. He was a wonderful leader, a true gentleman, and a great friend of the college who could always be counted on to offer his time, financial support, and guidance as it was needed. We will all miss him very much."
Chuck was a 1943 graduate of MIT, completing his degree early in order to join the US Army. He served in
Chuck was a resident of
Sunday, June 15, 2008
He even went to his crate, grabbed his stuffed animal puppy and brought it to the living room so he could snuggle with it.
He napped through the indoor cookout (cold, foggy June night necessitated indoor burgers) and an hour + of Wii fun.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Unfortunately, the next day we tried this at Baker Beach, with its rougher surf as it is full-on ocean, not sheltered bay, and this orange rubber stick was washed away for the sea lions to fetch.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Pedro in action
It really is a neat stadium. So very much nicer than the Oakland Coliseum. It is, however, amazing just how much advertising can fit in one place. Just about every square inch is covered - right down to the cup holders in front of each seat.
Monday, June 2, 2008
We return from a walk yesterday afternoon to discover Marin IN the ceiling. I had seen her peering at it from atop the old fridge, but figured she wouldn't be that curious, right? Wrong! She managed to jump from the fridge into the hole in the ceiling, but couldn't figure out her escape. I had to convince her to reach out of the hole paws first, which was challenging as she doesn't speak much English. She did eventually reach out, after a few failed attempts by me to pry her out via collar. Hopefully she didn't eat any insulation (not as much of a concern with her as it would be for puppy, tho she has been known to gnaw on wires) and we dusted her off, sent her on her way and immediately started the patching process.
I guess she'll do just about anything to get away from Sunapee.
Update 6/3/08: She did it again. I came home from boot camp at 7:10 am and while I was talking to Matt as he sat at the counter, I noticed a furry brown face looking at me from the ceiling. The wall patch was on the floor. This time, however, she decided to explore the crawl space more fully and went missing for several minutes, while I tried every trick I have to get her attention (which isn't much; she's the least responsive of the 3 animals). She eventually came out and jumped back onto the fridge. We then moved the fridge to the other side of the dining room while it awaits removal.