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Lawson Riley McElroy

The Honorable Lawson Riley McElroy The Honorable Lawson R. McElroy, one of Trenton's proudest sons, passed away at The University of Pennsylvania Hospital on Monday, September 9, 2013. Judge McElroy was an extraordinary man who personified generosity and service. Lawson graduated from The Pennington Preparatory School in NJ, then attended Lincoln University in MO for three years before returning home to earn a degree in Science Education from Trenton State College. He received his Master's Degree in Counseling from Kean College and afterwards worked at Trenton State as an Equal Opportunity Fund Program Evaluator. In 1974, Lawson became the Assistant Director of Financial Aid and Admissions at Rider College. During this period, he received his Juris Doctor from Seton Hall Law School and, by the mid 1980's, Lawson opened his law practice as a member of the New Jersey & Pennsylvania Bar Associations. Lawson became a prosecutor in Trenton and was later appointed a Municipal Court judge by Mayor Palmer. After retiring as a judge, he continued to serve the community by providing legal representation in court. Lawson served on the Boards of several non-profit organizations, including the NAACP. He was also a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. In 2007, in recognition of his service, Rider College alumni established The Honorable Judge Lawson R. McElroy Endowment Fund, which provides educational opportunities to African-American students. The family respectfully requests in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Rider University, at Office of Development, Moore Library, 2083, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 and should include Lawson R. McElroy Scholarship Endowment in the memo line. He is survived by his wife, Kathy McElroy, his five children, DeLaine, Dellice, Lawson II, Gyasi, and Maya; "adopted" children, Kim and Krystal; six grandchildren, Terron, Tyrone, Anyai, De'ton, Lawson, III, and Laila; one aunt, cousins, and a host of nieces and nephews. A Memorial Celebration will be Sunday, October 6, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Rider University, Cavalla Room, 2083 Lawrenceville Rd., Lawrence, NJ Arrangements are by Campbell Funeral Chapel, Trenton.

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Published in The Trentonian on Oct. 1, 2013
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