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James Crosby Lawlor “Sheamus”
  • January 22, 1944
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  • April 13, 2019

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Obituary

James Crosby Lawlor born on January 22, 1944 passed away peacefully on April 13, 2019. Known to colleagues as “Jim” and to family and friends as “Sheamus” he had a passion for knowledge and learning.  He graduated from Towson State College and earned a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. from the University Maryland.  Following graduate studies, he joined the faculty at Towson University where he served as Professor and Department Chair. He was the consummate professor always following current topics and researching pertinent facts to enrich teaching experiences or just to pursue curiosity. In addition to campus teaching, he provided professional resource to educators in the Philippines and taught graduate studies in Shanghai, China.

Following retirement, he relocated to Bethany Beach, Delaware and Sanibel, Florida.

Sheamus was a loving and caring partner to Barbara Ellis and loved the life they shared in Bethany Beach and Sanibel. He was a history buff and a prolific reader who always had several novels at hand. Travel with friends and shelling, sailing, snorkeling and scuba were vacation favorites.

He is survived by his son Sean Lawlor, daughter-in-law Cameo, grandsons Michael and Benjamin, sister Mary Chervenak, brother-in law Bill, brother Michael Lawlor, sister-in-law Christine, and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by son Capt. Michael Lawlor, parents Jack and Bridget Lawlor, and sisters Colleen and Kathleen Lawlor.

A family service in his home town of Baltimore, MD is planned.

In lieu of flowers, ​​memorial​ contributions ​may ​be ​made ​to ​the Towson University Foundation ​James C.  Lawlor ​Scholarship Fund at Towson University 8000 York Road Towson, MD 21252 or by visiting ww​w.t​owson.edu/​giving

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  1. 28 Apr 2019
    Carl S. Love says:
    I was working on my State of Maryland certification as Pupil Personnel Worker. The last course I needed was School Law. The class was closed and the registar directed me to Dr. Lawlor to see if he could find room for me in the class. Dr. Lawlor was not only gracious by enrolling me in the class, he was very creative. While the rest of the class took test, I wrote papers. Dr. Lawlor was a very motivating teacher, who clearly imparted the tenets of school law and other educational issues. His ideas left a lasting impression and guided me though my subsequent career as a PPW with Baltimore County Public Schools. He will truly be missed!

  2. 28 Apr 2019
    Jean Satterfield says:
    My prayers go out to you ,Barb ,and to all who loved Jim. I remember when I spoke at his class about special education law ,he was so gracious and the consummate college professor. Please take care of yourself and contact me when you have time.

  3. 25 Apr 2019
    Susan Turnbaugh says:
    When I worked in the student teaching office, Jim was a member of the team along with Chandler Barbour and Jim Binko. I remember the time the guys were in the back of the office shucking and eating oysters.
    When I moved to the Dean's office, I worked with Jim in his role as chair of the Secondary Education Department.
    Jim was a good friend and someone who was always there to listen.

  4. 24 Apr 2019
    Ron Moore says:
    Sheamus and Barb greeted us when we became neighbours at Lighthouse Point on Sanibel. We have been friends ever since. Thank you for so many good times.
    We will miss you Sheamus.
    Lesley & Ron

  5. 23 Apr 2019
    Robin Tracey Barker says:
    So sorry to hear of Mr Lawlor’s passing. He was my homeroom teacher at Ridgely Jr High, and my favorite .
    May you Rest In Peace

  6. 23 Apr 2019
    Barb McCaslin Riffey says:
    Jim was a wonderful person and educator. May God bring comfort to his family and friends.

  7. 20 Apr 2019
    Paul Jones says:
    Godspeed And farewell Jim. You were Always a strong advocate for students, faculty, and secondary programs, and you were always an excelled teacher. I have many good memories of teaching with you in Shanghai.

  8. 19 Apr 2019
    Cindy Hartzler-Miller, Goshen Indiana says:
    I couldn't have asked for a more supportive department chair when I landed on the Towson campus as a rookie assistant professor back in 1999. I am so grateful for the time he invested in me - beginning with the two-hour "Breakfast with Jim," always at the top of the agenda for candidates interviewing with the Secondary Education department!

  9. 19 Apr 2019
    Terry Berkeley says:
    Jim. It was great being colleagues at TU. Rest gently and in Peace,@

  10. 19 Apr 2019
    Bev German says:
    Dear Barb, I am so sorry to hear of Sheamus’ passing. I will always remember fondly our wonderful sailing adventure in the South Pacific...being with him to plan it and debrief it after. Also enjoyed working with him at Towson. He was a great guy!
    Thinking of you during this difficult time❤️

  11. 19 Apr 2019
    Gina & Jim Moore says:
    So very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Thoughts and Prayers go out to the family.

  12. 18 Apr 2019
    Linda Noel says:
    I was so sorry to learn that Jim had passed away. He was a good neighbor who was well-respected by colleagues and students alike during his tenure at Towson University. My condolences to Sean, Cameo, and boys.

  13. 18 Apr 2019
    Sean says:
    Rest easy Dad...