MOUNT VERNON — Charles L. “Chuck” Lawson, 63, of Mount Vernon, passed away peacefully Oct. 4, 2013, at Kobacker House in Columbus.
He was born Aug. 2, 1950, in Cleveland, to Lennart and Mildred Lois (Farris) Lawson. He was the orchestra director for the Mount Vernon City Schools for 24 years and taught orchestra at West Junior High School in Lima, Ohio.
Chuck was recruited out of a study hall at Louis Agassiz Jr. High School in Cleveland to play the bass. His family later moved to North Olmsted where he graduated from high school. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, where he met the love of his life, Joyce Schroeder, whom he married Aug. 4, 1973. He put himself through college by playing bass in the Erie Philharmonic in Erie, Pa. The summer after graduating from B-W, he served as the double bass player/teacher for the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. He was active as a classical musician, having played in the Lima Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Indiana Chamber Orchestra and Knox County Symphony as well as other small orchestras in the central Ohio area. He was a well-known fixture at MVNU’s annual performance of “Messiah” and was an adjunct instructor of bass at Kenyon College. His passion was to instill a love of playing string instruments in students and to have them experience the joy and satisfaction of performing classical music.
In Knox County, Chuck’s name was synonymous with Star Trek. He also enjoyed wooden roller coasters, old family owned amusement parks, medieval weapons, and playing the viol. He was a founding member of The Friends of the Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County and most recently, volunteered several days a week at Twin Oak Elementary School.
Chuck is survived by his wife of 40 years, Joyce (Schroeder) Lawson; two children, Erik Lawson and Stephanie Lawson, both of Mount Vernon; a brother, Robert (Ellen) Lawson of Hinckley, Ohio; a sister, Linda Lawson of Jersey City, N.J.; and hundreds of orchestra students.
The family will receive friends Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 1 to 1:45 p.m. at Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene, 16001 Glen Road in Mount Vernon, followed by a Celebration of Life service at 2 p.m. at the church. The Dilley-Lasater Funeral Homes are handling the services for the Lawson family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Chuck Lawson Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County, First-Knox National Bank, 1 S. Main St., Mount Vernon, OH 43050 to benefit outstanding graduating string player/scholars.
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