Wall of Fame
Robert G. LawrenceClass Of: 1960
Inducted In: 2004
Robert G. Lawrence, Class of 1960 (Deceased). While in high school Bob excelled both academically and athletically with success in football and basketball. He was also the first Waukesha High School graduate to be selected for the SAF Academy and excelled in pilot training and a 22-year career as a fighter pilot, statesman, staff officer and student. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and multiple Air Medals in Vietnam combat, hand selected for attaché duty in the Middle East, and uniquely positioned as an official in the State Department. He earned a Masters Degree in Middle East Studies and became proficient in Arabic. Bob published a book on Vietnam, US Policy in Southwest Asia: A Failure in Perspective. He retired from the USAF in 1986 as a Colonel. Bob’s next career was with General Dynamics Corporation, which later became Lockheed Martin Corporation. He became President, Middle East and Africa, stationed in both the States and Egypt. In 1994 Bob discovered a program called Seeds of Peace, where he saw a number of young people from Middle East countries struggling to understand each other and the issues that were separating them. He concentrated his efforts in promoting peace in the Middle East, convinced his efforts would increase understanding and mutual respect in the region. He organized a Seeds of Peace program in Egypt and became a Board Associate. Seeds of Peace honored Bob, posthumously, with their highest honor – the Ruth Ratner Miller Peace Prize. Sharing the spotlight with Bob at this national event in the Lincoln Center were King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.