Mr. Lawler was born on June 3, 1921, in NY, NY and grew up in Scarsdale, NY. He was a member of Bronxville High School class of 1939. He attended Furman University in Greenville, SC and graduated with a BS in 1943 and later earned his Masters in Education from Colombia University. He proudly served his country in the Army Medical Department in the Pacific Theater from January '44- April '46 and remained in the reserves until 1952. Mr. Lawler was the Assistant Director of Safety Services for the Westchester County chapter of the American Red Cross: 1947-1955. He passionately taught biology at John Jay High School in Katonah, NY from 1955-1962 at which point he became the Assistant principal. He was principal of John Jay Jr. High School from 1966-1980. He was a member of Rotary International in Katonah and continued that work with the Nauset-Orleans chapter. He proudly received the Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary International, was a president of the chapter, and Assistant District Governor of Dist 7950 Mr. Lawler was a volunteer naturalist at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary for over 20 years. He enjoyed photography, music, boating, nature study, philanthropy, and being with friends and family.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughter Patricia Lawler-Evans and her husband, Jeffrey Evans, of E. Sandwich, MA , his granddaughter Laura Sylyea Evans and grandson-in-law, Bart Robello, of Buffalo, NY; three nephews and many grand-nieces and nephews.
His Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 3 pm to 5 pm, in the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellfleet MA, remarks will begin at 3:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, it is Mr. Lawler's request that donations can be made to the Rotary Club of Nauset-Good Works Fund P.O. Box 1846, Orleans, MA 02653 OR Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary PO Box 236 S. Wellfleet, MA 02663. For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com
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He was born May 10, 1930, in Inman, S.C., to Brainard Sr. and Alliene
Hipp, the school principal and the English teacher.
As a schoolboy he worked as a custodian and bus driver, stoking the woodstoves early every morning before getting the bus started to pick up the other students.
He graduated from The University of South Carolina and received his
master's in education from Columbia University.
A veteran, Red fought in the Korean War and served in Washington, D.C., as a member of Eisenhower's Color Guard and Sergeant of the Guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
While stationed in D.C., he met Lorraine Gagne, who would be the love of
his life for more than 60 years.
They settled in Westchester County, where Red taught science, coached multiple sports, and ran the AV department at John Jay High School. During the summers, Red also managed the Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center in Holmes, Dutchess County, a position he took full time once he retired from teaching.
As a teacher, and at the camp, he was a respected and admired mentor to
multiple generations of young people.
Red was an avid gardener, and known for his beautiful tenor voice. He and his wife Lorrie were very active in local theatre. After retiring to Maine, they worked as a song and dance team, creating dozens of shows and performing all over the state.
Red also served as Post Commander for Madison, Maine, VFW Post 7865.
As a widower, he moved to Oneonta to be near family. He continued to perform with his daughter, grandsons and extended family, tended a lush and productive patio garden, and got to spend time getting to know the newest member of the family, his great-granddaughter Amelia.
He is survived by his sister Anne, sons Leon and Ken, daughter Teresa, six
grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by
all who knew him.