Popular school aide remembered for mentoring students

Written by admin   // April 7, 2011   // 0 Comments

Al Lawson

A strong advocate for Milwaukee Public School students, with an ability to diffuse threatening conditions, Al Lawson was admired and respected for his ability to mentor and counsel thousands of students.

Hired in September 1977 as a Milwaukee Public School safety assistant, he continued in that capacity although he had finished a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis on Special Education from Cardinal Stritch College.

He felt he could reach more students by remaining a school safety assistant.

Alfred Reginald Lawson was born June 15, 1952 in Milwaukee to Corine and Joseph Lawson Jr.

He attended brown Street Elementary and graduated from West Division High School, as an honor student.

He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Alverno College, earning a B.S. degree in Business Management.

In addition to his activities as a school safety assistant, Lawson was present at many of the sports activities, working recreation supervision, as well as coaching basketball, chess, debate, and forensics.

He will be remembered for cheering on the teams, encouraging the players in tournaments.

Within the community, Lawson was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, the Civil Air Patrol, and the Milwaukee Public School Alumni Choir, under the direction of Arlene Skwierawski.

He often talked about the inspiration he took from singing with the choir.

In 1988 Lawson was ordained a deacon at the Tabernacle Community Baptist Church, where he served on the Usher Board and was a member of the male chorus.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Sheila Semons, his children Reginald Tatum, Aaron Lawson and Chelsey Lawson; his step-children Shameika Semons, Tracy Suggs and John Suggs; and 14 grandchildren; his mother Corine Lawson-Hollins; and siblings Erma Major, Michael (Georgette) Lawson, Debra (Felix) Lawson; and also a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Funeral services will be held Thursday April 7 at Tabernacle Community Baptist Church at 2500 W. Medford Avenue, with visitation from 4 pm to 6 pm and the funeral at 6 pm.

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