Elizabeth Atwood Lawrence
Lawrence, veterinary professor, anthropology expert; 74
WESTPORT - Elizabeth Atwood Lawrence, 74, a Westport resident with ties to Pepperell who was a professor of veterinary medicine, author, anthropology scholar and a leading authority on the cultural impact of animals in human societies, died at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston. She was the wife of Rev. Dr. Robert P. Lawrence, to whom she was married for 46 years.
She was born in Boston on Oct. 1, 1929, daughter of the late Dr. Warren G. Atwood and Leila M. (Redavat) Atwood. She graduated from Lincoln School in Providence in 1947 and from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley in 1951. In 1956, she received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She later received her master's of art degree and doctor of philosophy in cultural anthropology from Brown University. She resided in Fall River, moving to Westport in 1960, where she ran a veterinary practice until 1979.
For 20 years, Dr. Lawrence taught a course she developed in human interactions at Tufts University and was professor emeritus of veterinary medicine at the school. She wrote many texts on human societies relating to the animal world and spoke at many academic conferences throughout the world. Dr. Wren published several books, and was honored by the American Anthropological Association for her work.
She received many national and local honors including the American Medical Association's Outstanding Woman Veterinarian of the Year Award in 1988, and the American Veterinary History Society's Distinguished Service Award in 1993.
Dr. Lawrence held many offices at Tufts. She was a member of many medical and veterinary associations as well as the Society of Phi Zeta. In 1997, the Chamber of Commerce in Fall River honored for outstanding service to the community.
Besides her husband, survivors include a son, Mark Atwood Lawrence, a history professor in Austin, Texas; a daughter and her husband, Priscilla A. Lawrence Melampy, minister of Pepperell's Community Church, residing in husband, Patrick J. Melamp and their two children, Elizabeth A. Melampy and Jane R. Melampy; a sister, Marjorie Atwood; and two nieces and nephews.
Published in Lowell Sun on Nov. 20, 2003.