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Mr. Dal George Lawrence
August 10, 1932 - May 14, 2019
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Dal George Lawrence, who advanced a teaching profession around excellence, pride, collegiality and performance, died on Tuesday, May 14 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg. Mr. Lawrence, president of the Toledo Federation of Teachers from 1966 to 1996, was 86 and lived in Sylvania, Ohio, with his wife of ­­­46 years, Francine Lawrence. Mr. …
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Susan Rowe-Finley left a message on May 21, 2019:
Dal was a key person on our Governing Board while Mr. Gary Thompson was the Director here at Toledo Technology Academy. As I read all of his accomplishments, I realized what a loss for me that I did not have the honor of meeting him in person. What a legacy he has left. I am terribly sorry for your loss but what a blessing you had in your lives to have been married to him and for your children to have had him as a father. my sincerest sympathies.
Georgie Parker left a message on May 21, 2019:
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Janet left a message on May 20, 2019:
In 1975 as a Social Worker in a Central City School, TPS made the decision on the last afternoon of the last day of school to 'fire' those of us(about 8). Dal and the TFT came to our rescue and made our case based on an unjust dismissal(we WERE members of bargaining unit thanks to his/Francine's efforts). We WERE rehired the last Friday afternoon before school resumed in Sept. As a result, a;ll of us were able to continue to work an extended number of years serving teachers, children/families, and the community. This is one small example of the many many ways Dal extended himself to work on behalf of all members of the TFT during his tenure. And for this I, personally, have been eternally grateful. My deepest sympathies to Francine and the Lawrence family; may he AND you BE at peace. God Bless.
Mary Tober left a message on May 20, 2019:
To Fran and the family of Dal - I was one of the fortunate teachers to be chosen as an Intern Consultant. It was truly an experience which changed my life in so many ways. My passion for teaching grew as did my confidence as a professional. Yes, there were times I was nervous standing before the Board of Review and especially Dal Lawrence! My respect for Dal grew but I also came to know him as a man of great intelligence as well as a man with humor and great wit. We have lost a great man who inspired me and the teaching profession. Peace to you Fran and family of Dal’s. I am so sorry I am unable to attend the funeral as I am out of town.
Jennifer Brunner left a message on May 18, 2019:
Sorry to read of Mr. Lawrence's passing. My favorite teacher at DeVilbiss High. School. He was a terrific History teacher. Rest in peace, Mr. Lawrence, and thank you for sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm for history with countless students over the years
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Anita Skaff left a message on May 17, 2019:
I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. I knew Dal as a DeVilbiss teacher while I was a student there, and later in life as president of the TFT where I was a teaching member. He was such a kind man and treated everyone with respect. As noted in his obituary, he was a man of many talents. My deepest sympathies to his wife Francine, who followed in his footsteps as TFT president, and to his children. May our God rest his soul.
Gary Thommpson left a message on May 17, 2019:
Having been a Union member for the last 50 years I have had the incredible fortune to work for and with some of the Great Leaders who truly shaped history. Dal is certainly one of these. Dal was an integral part of forming, shaping, and governing the innovative Toledo Technology Academy in the late '90s. I came to work there in 2004 and was incredibly fortunate to get direction, advice, support, and counsel from Dal. He was a founding member of the Academy's Governing Board which enabled the school to use innovative approaches that have set a standard in Career Technology Education. That model is being copied around N.W. Ohio and in other systems. I will miss his quick wit, advice, and clear insight. Dal Lawrence, a great Leader, Visionary, Mentor, and Friend.
Bob Duris left a message on May 16, 2019:
Dear Francine, my sincere condolences on the passing of Dal. I went to this website of Walker Funeral Home to read the obit of somebody else & I saw Dal's name & picture. Just TODAY, I had IN MY HANDS the copy of his book that Dal signed & gave me several years ago, "Don't You Want To Be A Professional?" May God bless you now and in the days ahead as you remember and celebrate his life legacy.
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