Evan Lawn of Ellington, Connecticut died August 10, 2019. He was predeceased by his wife of over fifty years, Marguerite Bailey Lawn. He is survived by: his sons, Roger Lawn and Walter Lawn; stepdaughters Mary Lu Scarlato and Ruth Anne Johnson; grandchildren Aaron and Amanda Lawn, Alex Eckman-Lawn, and Stephen, Daisy, Jesse, and Ben Scarlato; daughters-in-law Barbara Eckman and Bonnie Kirchner; and great-grandchildren Asher, Tabitha, and Julian Scarlato.
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He was born in Philadelphia on December 9, 1917. He took his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, and taught at the American University in Baghdad, Iraq. With other Americans he was evacuated from the Middle East prior to World War II, working with the ship’s cook as it crossed the Pacific Ocean and eventually docked in Boston, Massachusetts. During the war he served as a Quaker Conscientious Objector doing alternative service clearing trails in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. After the war while working as a teacher in Center Sandwich, New Hampshire, he became interested in Catholicism. After years of research, thought and prayer he converted to that faith which became the guiding light of his life. He taught sociology, history and math for many years in the Ellington, Connecticut High School. Students before and after their graduation would visit him at home to continue learning from him.
After retiring, he became a student of Hebrew scripture. He participated in studying Talmud at the Orthodox Jewish synagogue that was within walking distance from his Ellington home. After moving to his final home near Rockville, Connecticut, he continued this study with the intensity of focus that was his hallmark. Often people would visit him to learn and share about religious topics. He was always a teacher.
Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family on Friday, August 16, 2019 from 10-11 a.m. at the Burke-Fortin Funeral Home, 76 Prospect Street, Rockville. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at St. Joseph Church, 33 West Street, Rockville at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be in Belmont Abbey Cemetery, Belmont, NC.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to:
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