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Chelsea L. Lawlis

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Chelsea L. Lawlis, 92, Indianapolis, passed away May 10, 2010.

He was born Feb. 9, 1918 near Trafalgar, the son of the late Victor and Angle (Barnett) Lawlis.

He was a graduate of Trafalgar High School and earned a bachelor's degree from Franklin College in 1940 and subsequently an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Indiana University.

Dr. Lawlis served in the U.S. Army during WWII from 1941 to 1945, serving three and one half years in Australia, New Guinea, and the Philippines, receiving an overseas commission.

He married Dorothy W. Sanders in 1946 and is survived by three sons: Stephen (Theresa) of Pisgah Forest, N.C.; Mike (Carol) of Indianapolis, and Philip (Kathy) of Lewisberry, Pa.; 10 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his wife and brothers Verlin and Lester Lawlis.

Dr. Lawlis taught history and government at Carlisle High School for 11 years and for 27 years served as professor of history and political science as well as chairman of the Social Science division at Vincennes University before retiring in 1984. He served as director of the Bryon R. Lewis Historical Collections Library for three years. He also served as a junior college consultant and as a reader for the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1982 the university bestowed on him the Blue and Gold Faculty-Staff award, the first given to a non-alumnus. In 1982 his book, Vincennes University in Transition: the Making of a Comprehensive Community College, was published. After his retirement Vincennes University named a learning center in the Social Science Building in his honor.

He was a member of the Sandborn Baptist Church where he served as moderator, deacon, and Sunday School teacher. He was also a member of Grace Evangelical Church in Indianapolis. He was also a member of the Gideons International and served in leadership positions and in its jail ministry. Dr. Lawlis also organized and secured the incorporation of the Bethel Cemetery Association in 1973 and served as its president for twenty-eight years.

Service will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 13 at Sandborn Baptist Church with calling one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Bethel Cemetery, Sandborn.

Memorial gifts have been suggested to Grace Evangelical Church Mission Fund, 5905 E. Southport Road, Indianapolis, Ind., 46237.

Arrangements by Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center. www.singletonmortuary.com .