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Dr. Peter Lawler in his officeNational commentators joined Berry alumni, faculty and staff in mourning the loss of Dana Professor of Government Peter Augustine Lawler, who died unexpectedly May 23. The nationally renowned scholar had been a fixture on the Berry campus since the late 1970s, earning the love and admiration of countless alumni who flooded social media with tributes in the days following his death.

Peter Lawler“For 38 years, Peter has been a vital member of the Berry community and a legendary teacher, mentor and colleague,” said President Steve Briggs. “A keen observer of human culture and the human condition, Peter will long be remembered for his teasing and provocative approach to teaching and writing. His passing reminds us of the fragility of this life in which, as Peter taught us, we are destined ‘to both wander and wonder.’”

Dr. Tom Kennedy, dean of Berry’s Evans School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, added, “Few teachers have devoted so much time over so many years to their students. Peter could be counted on to entertain students even as he stretched them to engage and wrestle with the major texts of the Western tradition.

“Students had easy access to Peter – though not in his memorably messy office,” Kennedy continued. “He made time for them, drank many, many cups of coffee with them, listened to them, and formed them with their conversations. Countless students fell in love with political thought and the life of the mind through Peter’s teaching and mentorship.”

Click here to read more about Dr. Lawler’s many accomplishments. A brief sampling of the tributes published nationally following his death includes these articles from The Federalist, National Review, First Things and The American Conservative.

A campus event honoring Dr. Lawler’s life and legacy will be planned for fall. Those wishing to remember him with a gift to the Peter A. Lawler Endowed Scholarship may do so using Berry’s online giving portal. Remember to type the name of the scholarship in the “Other Designation” box when completing the online form.

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