President Alison Byerly emailed the following announcement to the campus community Sunday morning:
Members of the extended Lafayette community were greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Coach Bill Lawson, who died in a car accident on Saturday, July 13th. Reports of this loss have appeared in many local media outlets, and moving tributes to Coach Lawson’s career and legacy are already pouring in from former students, colleagues, and friends.
Lawson coached three different sports during his 37-year career at Lafayette, retiring at the end of the 2002 season. 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. In 1991, he was named Patriot League Coach of the Year.
Though new to the community myself, I have already heard many stories about Bill’s life and work, and know how highly regarded he was by all who knew him. My deepest condolences go to his wife, Peggy, and his family: children Christine Hastings, her husband David, Glen Lawson, and his wife Martha; and grandchildren Lydia Hastings, Wills Hastings, Sydney Lawson, Griffin Lawson, and Jack Lawson.
A private burial is planned, with a community gathering in celebration of Bill’s life to follow in August or September. Further information will be shared as it becomes available.