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BLOOMINGTON, IN - Richard W. Lawson, 85, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at Bell Trace Health and Living Center in Bloomington, Ind.

He was born Oct. 5, 1928. An Associate Professor Emeritus at Indiana University Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department, he retired in 1992 after 37 years of teaching. He received an Associate's degree from North Park College, Chicago, Ill. (1949), and Bachelor's (1951), Master's (1954), and PhD (1970) degrees in Park and Recreation Administration from Indiana University School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation in Bloomington, Ind. His primary teaching responsibilities were in the area of administration, philosophy, and programming. He was known as a pioneer in the analysis of fees and charges for public park and recreation services as well as an advocate for continuing education for park and recreation practitioners in the field. Prior to becoming a member of the HPER faculty at Indiana University, he served as Rural Youth Extension Specialist at the University of Illinois, Director of Parks and Recreation at Evergreen Park, Ill., and Superintendent of Parks and Recreation in Amarillo, Texas.

He served for 25 years as Director of Indiana University Great Lakes Park Training Institute. The Institute is a premier model of how a university can share its research with professionals in the field.

He was a Distinguished Life Member of the Indiana Park and Recreation Association, after serving for many years as executive secretary of the organization. He was a 50+ year member of Indiana University I-Men's Association, Past President of the Indiana University Alpha Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, and a member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Lawson; daughters, Nancy Giebel (Don) and Susan Shanel (William); grandchildren, Ashley and Will Shanel; sisters-in-law: Colette Lawson of Fairfield Bay, Ark., Marian Reinhart of Beason, Ill., Myrna Wilson of Beason, Ill, and Marilyn Wilson of Washington, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Miriam Lawson, and his brother, Alan.

Private graveside services will be held at Harmony Cemetery in Beason, Ill.

Memorials may be given in his memory to IU Health Bloomington Hospice, P.O. Box 1149, Bloomington, IN 47402.

Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, Ill.

Published in The Lincoln Courier on Nov. 18, 2013
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