TFAS suffered a great loss with the passing of TFAS Trustee Emeritus George H.C. Lawrence on Tuesday, June 18, at the age of 81.
A constant presence and support for TFAS over the last 48 years, George served as president of what was then called the Charles Edison Memorial Youth Fund from 1971 to 74, stepping in at a crucial time when then-President David Jones could not serve.
“George’s tenure as president was briefer by comparison to that of his two successors, but his support of its mission and programs spanned half a century,” said TFAS Chairman Randal Teague.
“George was firmly grounded in where Governor Edison’s vision of badly-needed university level programs intersected with the American values of individual liberty and free markets,” said Teague. “He knew what was needed to assure success. That’s why he was steadfast in his own financial support and encouraged so many others to support scholarships for students. This assures his legacy will extend far into the future.”
George was firmly grounded in where Governor Edison’s vision of badly-needed university level programs intersected with the American values of individual liberty and free markets. – TFAS Chairman Randal C. Teague
George grew up in New York City, Long Island and Bronxville, New York. He served in the United States Army and graduated from Pace University in New York. Following his Army career, George worked on Wall Street before joining the family business, Lawrence Properties, where he earned the position of president and chief executive officer.
George also served in politics, working as an advance man on Richard Nixon’s 1968 presidential campaign, as well as Jim Buckley’s successful 1970 Senate campaign, where he first met TFAS co-founder David Jones.
In addition to his role as Trustee Emeritus at TFAS, George was former chairman of both Sarah Lawrence College and the Kensico Cemetery Board. He also served on the boards of Urstadt Biddle Properties, Inc., Cotton Petroleum, the Board of Governors for Lawrence Hospital, and the National Advisory Council to the Small Business Administration (SBA).
After moving to Vero Beach, Florida in 1989, George became very involved in his new community as a member of the City of Vero Beach Vision Committee, and the Planning and Zoning Commission for Indian River County. He was elected to serve on the Indian River County Hospital District Board from 2001-2008 and was board chairman from 2002-2003. He was a dedicated supporter of the Indian River Memorial Hospital Foundation, now the Cleveland Clinic-Indian River Hospital Foundation. George also served on several Advisory Boards for Senior Resource Association of Indian River County.
George is survived by his wife Pud (Margaret), a dear friend of TFAS, as well as two sons, two stepsons and five grandchildren. His family has generously included TFAS as a place to make memorial gifts.
All of us at TFAS offer our deepest condolences to the Lawrence family and all those whose lives have been touched by George.