November 21, 2016
Michelle Adams O'Regan
Communications and Marketing
Roger William Lawrence, member of the Class of 1948 and professor emeritus of Saint Anselm College, died on November 16 at the New Hampshire Veterans Nursing Home in Tilton, N.H. He was born on January 19, 1920 in Nashua, N.H., the son of Doras William Lawrence and Laura Lawrence (Burelle).
Roger was an active Boy Scout in early years and continued the interests he developed in the scouts through his entire life: collecting stamps, coins and bird watching. He joined the National Guard in 1939 and served as a Surgical Technician. His unit was activated during World War II as an active unit of the U.S. Army, and sent to Australia, New Guinea, and the Philippines.
Upon his return from military service he resumed his studies at Saint Anselm College, where he received his B.S. degree in biology. After meeting and marrying Theresa Janine Durocher he continued his studies, receiving a master's at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and then a doctorate at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana.
Moving back to New Hampshire, he began his career as an Associate Professor of Biology at Saint Anselm College where he taught from 1953 to 1986. Through all these years Roger had become a very proficient bird watcher both casually and professionally. He participated in many bird counts, teaching his children along the way, taking his college students on birding trips to Florida, and even becoming a U.S. certified bird bander for research. He also spent a number of years volunteering at the Reeds Ferry Elementary School, Merrimack, NH instructing students in hawk watching which has inspired many young birdwatchers.
In later years, he became interested in researching family genealogy, "because I wanted to find out where my grandfather was buried." This led him, together with other interested genealogists, to form the American-Canadian Genealogical Society of Manchester, NH in 1979.
Roger is survived by his four children, 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.