In Memory

Karl Lawson - Class Of 1968

Karl passed away on January 5th at 7:30pm.  He was 64 years of age and a resident of Oakton, Virginia.

He is survived by his wife, Sheeler Kowalewski; sons, Andrew and David Lawson; siblings, Karen Lawson, Bobbi Lawson and Greg Lawson.

A memorial service was held for Karl on February 1st, at the Money and King Funeral Home.  Many were invited to share stories they had about Karl.

After the service, his wife and sons welcomed guests to visit with them to celebrate Karl's life at their home.

In lieu of flowers you may make a donation in Karl's name to Capital Caring, (2900 Telestar Court, Falls Church, VA 22042),,  Rails to Trails Conservancy (2121 Ward Court NW, 5th Floor, Washington, DC  20037), or make a donation to an organization of your choice.

Beloved husband of Sheeler Kowalewski; father of Andrew and David Lawson; brother of Karen Lawson, Bobbi Lawson and Greg Lawson. - See more at:

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01/27/15 07:46 PM #1    

Kay Freeman (Sauers) (1968)

Shock and sadness at the death of a super guy. Memories flooded back of days at ZHS -- working with him in National Honor Society, his quiet gentleness in classes, great wool jackets, great smile and sweet laugh. Actually I had a terrible crush on Karl and even asked him to the Sadie Hawkins dance. I named my first car after him (it was caramel color -- Karl -- it made sense at the time). Rest in Peace, my friend. 

01/28/15 08:05 AM #2    

Suzette Kern (1968)

It was with great sadness that I read about Karl.   I remember him as quiet, super-super smart and very good looking.   Like Kay, I too had a crush on him.   In high school he was such a kind and gentle soul.    I'm even sadder to realize that all these years he had been living in Vienna, VA.   So close to me and I never had a chance to reconnect.   

01/30/15 04:14 AM #3    

Thom Tuckey (1968)

I think this really came as a surprise to all who knew Karl.  What a great friend to all.  This certainly brings reflection on how precious life is and what great memories we have from almost 50 years ago.  I found the funeral home guestbook at /173957394?#sthash.z2D7a2mX.dpbs for those who may want to leave a message for his family there. /t

01/30/15 11:39 AM #4    

Kathy Lee (Fier) (1968)

News of Karl's passing hit me hard. He was such a dear friend. We kept in touch, and saw each other periodically throughout the years after high school.

In high school Karl sat in front of me in Home Room. He was KT Lawson, I was KT Lee. I was always in awe of Karl. He was smart, friendly, nice, popular, and captain of the football team. Imagine my shock when he asked me to the Homecoming dance! My first real date ever. 

In 2010, I was lucky enough to visit with Karl. He was already diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's, but was bravely doing what he could (reading up on physics, no less) to keep his mind sharp. During that visit he was as charming and funny as ever. 

Karl lives on in our memories.

01/31/15 09:27 AM #5    

Barbara Belcher (Weigl) (1968)

I'm sad to hear of Karl's passing. I was in school in the same class with Karl in Jr. High and into the middle of sophomore year. Although I've had no contact with him since then, I think it says a lot about Karl that I still remember him with much kindness, after all these years. He was that strong a quiet presence-kind, smart, attractive, unassuming-a really good person.

02/01/15 09:20 AM #6    

Kay Kinoshita (Pawlowski) (1968)

It was heartbreaking to learn of Karl's passing. Goodbye my precious friend. Thank you for touching my life.

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