Barney Lawrence, recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award, 1991

Engineering and Mathematics

For the past twenty-four years, Barney Lawrence, a special lecturer and resident counsel in mathematics and engineering, has been a great contributor to this University. Barney Lawrence has served as an instructor on the legal system, acted in the role of tutor for the past ten years, and is founder of the University Varsity Squash program, which he has coached for 12 years. He is also a founding member of the President’s Committee. His worthiness of the Distinguished Teacher Award is evidenced by comments such as: “Mr. Lawrence provides the class with an insightful and interesting view of legal issues that otherwise could be seen as dull and uninteresting,” “the course material covered was made fascinating through a unique perspective and entertaining approach,” “Mr. Lawrence made even the most challenging of topics enjoyable to learn,” and “Barney’s lectures were enhanced through stories, comments, quotations, impersonations and reflections that were very relevant to the subject of interest.” Perhaps the greatest compliment of all is the fact that Mr. Lawrence’s lectures are not only attended by students enrolled in the course but others, not enrolled, who wish to gain some insight into what is commonly seen as a very complex and confusing subject.

[Professor Lawrence died in 2011]