Faculty and staff at the University of Kansas School of Engineering gathered to express gratitude for a job well done to a long-time colleague. Norm Lawrence, electronics technologist for the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, retired March 5 after 31 years with the department.
“I’m one of the lucky ones who got up every day and wanted to come in to work,” Lawrence told the assembly. He quickly quipped there may be a few students and former students who weren’t so happy about that.
EECS Department Chair and Professor Glenn Prescott and EECS Lab Director Aaron Blanchard both made presentations that touched on the impact that Lawrence had on the department over the years. In front of several of Lawrence’s family members, Prescott stated that Lawrence was probably one of the most important people in the department. Prescott, who teaches a senior design course, said Lawrence’s involvement was vital.
Lawrence’s mother, Rosemary, also was honored during the reception.
Every Tuesday, Lawrence would bring in some baked good from his mother’s kitchen for the office to enjoy. Her pound cake was especially prized, Prescott said.
As a retirement gift, the department presented Lawrence with a GPS navigation system and other essentials to use as he and his family travel during his retirement. Blanchard presented the GPS preprogrammed with important addresses as well as a route from Lawrence’s house to his mother’s house to the EECS department office.