9/11 Epiphany

Barrett Lawrimore Jr. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)Soon after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Barrett Lawrimore Jr. “experienced an epiphany,” wrote Rick Badie in the news obituary that was published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The terrorist attacks “got him to thinking about life, its importance.”

In 2002, Lawrimore, who had spent 25 years in the engineering field, left that profession to become a public schools teacher.

Badie wrote:

This teacher would tell students that no one ever stops learning, and that everyone would have to work. He understood that not every student was college-bound, but ensured they learned money management and survival math skills regardless. One assignment required students to create a business, then figure out how to run it.

Lawrimore had found what he believed was important.

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This post was contributed by Alana Baranick, a freelance obituary writer who lives in Northeast Ohio. She is director of the Society of Professional Obituary Writers and chief author of Life on the Death Beat: A Handbook for Obituary Writers.