Lawrence R. Sawyer ’75

Lawrence R. Sawyer ’75 died January 9, 2014, in South Casco. He was born on March 11, 1953, at Fort Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska, and prepared for Bowdoin at Gorham (Maine) High School—where he was class president all four years and an Eagle Scout—the University of Maine-Portland/Gorham and Boston University, before transferring to and graduating cum laude from Bowdoin in 1976. He was a dean’s list student. He earned a JD from what is now the University of Maine School of Law in 1979. After several years of practicing law in Portland and Windham, he and two partners founded the law firm of Sawyer, Sawyer, and Minott, P.A. A well-respected litigator, he had recently become licensed to practice mediation. He served on the Portland Zoning Board of Appeals, the South Casco Zoning Board of Appeals, as well as moderator for town meetings and in various capacities with the local Democratic party. As a member and director of the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, he had served on the executive board as Clerk of the Corporation since 1993 and was honored as its Business Person of the Year in 1996. He also served on the board of Harvest Hills Animal Shelter. He is survived by his wife of twenty-nine years, Andrea McCatherin Sawyer; daughter Sarah Skillin Woodard; sons Charles E. Skillin III, Andrew M. Sawyer, and Ian P. Sawyer; eight grandchildren; his mother, Christine Sawyer; sister Margaret Meyers; and brother and law partner John W. Sawyer ’79 and brother David H. Sawyer.

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