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William S. "Bill" Lawrence

Inducted 1995

A teacher and administrator in Polk County School System for 33 years until his retirement in 1980, William S. “Bill” Lawrence was instrumental in the development of the Florida Association of Student Councils.

Born and raised in a small town in the hill country of southeast Ohio, Lawrence was one of a family of four whose father was the local country doctor.

He received a B.S. in Education in 1938 and a Masters in Secondary Administration and Supervision in 1947, both at Ohio State University.

Lawrence moved to Florida in 1947 when he accepted a teaching position at Lakeland High School.

He became involved with the Florida Association of Student Councils in 1952. He began working with the FASC summer workshops in the early 1960s and quickly assumed the role of workshop director, which would last for some 25 years. He did not step down from his responsibilities as workshop director until 1988, eight years after his retirement from the educational system.

Janice, his wife, died in 1994 as the result of an auto accident four years earlier. His daughter, Judith Lawrence, is a supervisor in the state welfare department in St. Petersburg. Lawrence died in September 2004.

Said Jackie Burch, Student Council Advisor at Fort Meade High School: “If Florida has ever had a Mr. Student Council, it is certainly William S. Lawrence.”