Friday, June 20, 2008

Gramps, from Town of Springfield

The town of Springfield's obituary page has this, less college-centric piece on Gramps.

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.

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