Sunday, May 28, 2017

Peter Augustine Lawler 1951—2017

Berry College professor and nationally renowned political scholar Peter Augustine Lawler died Tuesday, May 23rd

Peter Lawler was Dana Professor of Government and former chair of the department of Government and International Studies at Berry College. He served as executive editor of the journal Perspectives on Political Science, and was chair of the politics and literature section of the American Political Science Association. He also served on the editorial board of the new bilingual critical edition of Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, and served on the editorial boards of several journals. He has written or edited fifteen books and over 200 articles and chapters in a wide variety of venues. He was the 2007 winner of the Weaver Prize in Scholarly Letters. Lawler served on President Bush's Council on Bioethics from 2004 – 09.

The Funeral Mass was held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Rome, Georgia on Friday May 26.

In lieu of flowers, contributions would be appreciated to the Peter Augustine Lawler Scholarship at Berry College, DIGS, Inc. support organization for special needs, P.O. Box 1053, Rome, GA 30162, or the Network Day Service Center, 402 W. 10th Street, Rome, GA 30165.

Full Obituary

Some published works by Peter Lawler

1 comment:

  1. Proctor S. BurressJune 4, 2017 at 2:07 PM

    Dr. Lawler was extraordinary. Had I known him personally he might have been the most warm and engaging intellectual to meet in a lifetime. Alas, he was a son of the church and Thomism...those conditioned to believe that the 'way forward' lay in the past. These are the people who would pervert Locke and the 'democratic experiment' for the incredible machinations of long-term Roman Catholicism. Happily most Americans have never and will never hear of Peter Augustine Lawler. Even so, for those of us 'too clever by one half' in our disbelief, we join the 'true believers' he cultivated as we begin to miss his clever and complicated mind! RIP Dr. Lawler. Someday hopefully his work will be unpacked revealing the frail theological threads that held it together for all but a very few!

    So very sorry for his family and colleagues to part with him. But why was he teaching at a non-sectarian, isolated liberal arts college as opposed to a Roman Catholic institution? Did Berry officials fail to see/examine his complex and clever evangelizing for Roman Catholicism? Proctor S. Burress