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Obituary: Dr. Harve E. Rawson '57

Dr. Harve E. Rawson, 76, of Lawrenceville, Ga., died July 20, 2011. He was born in Webb City, Mo., on July 25, 1934, to Paul C. and Florence Landon Rawson.

After earning a B.A. in psychology from Antioch College in 1957, he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in research psychology at Ohio State University in 1961. He was named Ohio State Scholar in 1960-61, and he later completed two post-doctoral programs, one at the University of Iowa and another at Florida State University.

He worked as a research associate for the Department of Psychiatry at Ohio State University Medical School, he then joined North American Aviation, Inc. as a life science specialist. He was one of the first psychologists to work on NASA's Apollo Program. Dr. Rawson enjoyed a 32-year career as professor of psychology at Hanover College, where he was the first two-time winner of the Baynham Teaching Award. He was named the Mary E. Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Hanover College in 1992. A psychology laboratory at Hanover College was named in his honor. Upon being named a professor emeritus at Hanover College, he became dean of faculty at Franklin College.

He was widely-published, authoring dozens of research articles in professional journals, over 500 professional presentations, and nine books of his personal experience and interests across his career. A two-time Fulbright Scholar in psychology, he spent a year teaching at the College of Health Sciences in Bahrain. He was the first expatriate member of the distinguished 'Emiri Court of Physicians' in Bahrain for his contributions in editing the Bahraini Medical Journal.

In addition to his academic career, he had an lifelong interest in driving innovation in treatment of both the aging and underprivileged youth. The Englishton Park Children's Program, which he founded in 1969 and where he served for 25 years as director, was dear to his heart. A building at Englishton Park is named in his honor.

Over the course of his career, he was named a Malone Scholar, a "Sagamore of the Wabash" by the State of Indiana, a "Kentucky Colonel," a "Citizen of the Year" by the National Association of Social Workers, and a "Distinguished Academic Psychologist" by the Indiana Psychological Association. He was also awarded the "Golden Quill Award for Outstanding Research" and the "Outstanding Community Service Award for Psychologists."

He was a founding and long-time board member of the Jefferson County Youth Shelter, four-time president of the Lide White Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors, a long-time member of the Board of Directors of Englishton Park Presbyterian Ministries Inc. and a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Board. He visited more than 100 countries, in all seven continents. In recent years, he lived in the Garden Plaza community in Lawrenceville, Ga.

He is survived by two sons, Paul Gerald Rawson of Hickory, N.C., and Reed Harve Rawson of Lawrenceville, Ga.; one brother, John Rawson, of Wichita, Kan.; one sister, Margaret Rawson Harris of Hope, Ark.; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Elaine Rawson, who died in April 2008; and his brother Paul Landon Rawson who died in August 2005. A memorial will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30, 2011, at the Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel in Lawrenceville, Ga. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts should go to any of the following charities, all related to the development of youth: Englishton Park Presbyterian Ministries Summer Children's Program, the Joyce E. Rawson Scholarship Fund at Franklin College, the Hanover College Science Building Museum Fund or the Lide White Boys' and Girls' Club. Online condolences can be sent at www.wagesfuneralhome.com.