Remembering Ed Lawson Jr.

Posted on: Aug 12, 2020

It is with great sadness that we share that one of Holland Hall’s greatest advocates, Edward “Chief” Campbell Lawson Jr., died on Aug. 7 at the age of 86.

Ed Lawson served on the Holland Hall Board of Trustees for nine years and was the school’s 27th board president. He was named an Emeritus Trustee in 2003. His father also served as board president, and two of his three children have been board members.

It was under Ed’s leadership that the school launched the successful Forward Fund capital campaign to build a new Upper School.

The Lawsons are so important to the school that the Holland Hall history book highlighted them for “unprecedented service by a single family.” The main conference room in the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Dining and Wellness Center is named for Ed and his family — both for their generous support of the building and their unwavering dedication to our beloved school.

Holland Hall Emeritus Trustee Susan Stone shared the following about Ed, “Holland Hall was very important to Ed as a parent, as a Board member and as a Board Chair and he continued to be dedicated in his support of the school long after his active service on the Board. His many contributions over the years helped Holland Hall evolve into the excellent institution that it is today. We are fortunate that Ed and Jay’s son Bill carries on his father’s legacy on today’s Board of Trustees.”

Among the Lawson family members who are alums are children Elizabeth ’83, Holbrook ’82, Bill and daughter-in-law Patty Jenkins Lawson; and grandchildren Merritt Webb ’11, Clayton Webb ’09, Madison Holder ’08, MacLeod Lawson ’18 and Caroline Lawson ’20.

He is survived by his wife Jay Dorn Bird; three children and their spouses; brother and sister-in-law; and ten grandchildren.

Ed also was widely known in Tulsa for his support of the Tulsa Historical Society, where he served as president emeritus. He was named to the Tulsa Hall of Fame in 2005. He is a former chairman of the Tulsa Civil Service Commission and served as a director of the Tulsa Salvation Army, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa Opera, Philbrook Museum of Art, and the Tulsa Psychiatric Foundation.

A small private service for family is set for 2 p.m. Friday, August 14. Those who would like to view the service, can livestream using the following link:


You can link to his Tulsa World obituary here where details about his service can also be found.