Warner Mourns Doctoral Student John Lawrence

It is with a great sense of loss that the Warner School reports the passing of doctoral student John Lawrence, who died Thursday, October 9th following a four-year battle with cancer. 

John grew up in Rochester and graduated Valedictorian from McQuaid Jesuit High School in 1984. He received the Bellarmine Scholarship—a full merit-based scholarship awarded annually to one valedictorian from a Jesuit prep school—to Georgetown University, where he earned a B.A. in English literature. John went on to Harvard to earn a M.Ed. in administration, planning and policy and graduated summa cum laude. He was pursuing his doctorate in the Warner School’s accelerated Educational Leadership program.

John’s entrepreneurial spirit was evident throughout his 20-plus years in education, as he founded the arts-oriented Onteora Summer camp in Tannersville, NY and the Sursum Corda Children’s Literacy Program, a tutoring center in Washington, DC. Perhaps closest to his heart was his commitment to Prep for Prep (www.prepforprep.com), where he served as an English teacher and dean of students. The New York City program identifies talented students from minority group backgrounds and prepares them for placement in independent schools.

“In the brief time I worked with John, it became very apparent to me that he was a dedicated, courageous educator who wanted to do right by children,” said Ruthanne Vitigliano, assistant professor in the educational leadership program and John’s advisor. “We have lost an exceptional leader in education.”

John was on leave from his 7th and 8th grade English teaching post at The Allendale Columbia School in Rochester when he passed.

Services for John were held earlier this week.  His obituary in the Democrat and Chronicle is available at http://www.legacy.com/DemocratAndChronicle/Obituaries.asp?Page=LifeStory&PersonId=118677742.


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