Boston University is mourning the loss of BU Hall of Famer John Lawlor (CAS '60, GRS '63, GRS '70), who passed away last week at the age of 84.
Lawlor was a two-time NCAA champion (1959, 1960) and three-time All-American in the hammer throw and competed for his native Ireland at the 1960 and 1964 Olympic Games. Lawlor came to BU from Dublin, Ireland, where he starred in track & field, Irish football, hurling and rugby at St. Joseph's Prep.
Lawlor's throwing career did not begin until after high school when joined the Dublin Garda (police), where his father had been a sergeant. He won his first Irish national title in 1955 while competing with the Civil Service AC and that performance helped him earn a scholarship to Boston University.
While at BU, Lawlor simply dominated the hammer throw and once had a record 27 consecutive victories in the event. In addition to his two NCAA titles, he was a three-time IC4A, New England and Penn Relays champion. Lawlor broke his own NCAA championship record in the 16-pound hammer throw in 1961 (63.75 meters) and also held the indoor NCAA 35-pound weight record. Lawlor was inducted into the BU Hall of Fame in 1969.
After his days competing were over, Lawlor earned a Ph.D. in geology from Boston University in 1970 and settled in Milton, Mass. He went on to become one of New England's leading geologists.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass at St. Agatha's Church, Milton, on Friday morning at 10:30 a.m.
Robyne Johnson, Boston University director of track & field and cross country
"I was saddened to hear of the passing of BU Hall of Famer John Lawlor," said Boston University Director of Track & Field Robyne Johnson
. "Dr. Lawlor certainly left a lasting legacy at BU. He was an NCAA Champion, an Olympian and received a doctorate degree from Boston University. He was, and will remain, a true symbol of excellence for all BU student-athletes both on and off the field."
John Lawlor, 1959