Stephen Lawrence, insurance PR executive

Stephen Lawrence
Stephen Lawrence
Posted: October 20, 2012

Stephen Lawrence, 91, an insurance public relations executive, died of cancer Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Springfield Rehabilitation Center in Wyndmoor. He was a longtime resident of the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia.

In 1957, Mr. Lawrence joined the Insurance Co. of North America (INA), which later became part of Cigna, as a public relations and marketing communications executive. He retired in 1991. He then started his own consulting company, Steve Lawrence Associates, which he ran until 2002.

Mr. Lawrence was a past president of the Public Relations Society of America and the Philadelphia Public Relations Association. Mr. Lawrence was inducted into the PRSA College of Fellows in 1991.

He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1921. He graduated from Adelphi Academy in 1937 and received a bachelor's degree at Duke University in 1941.

Mr. Lawrence joined the Navy in 1942, earning the rank of lieutenant. During World War II, he served on the destroyer Macomb.

In the 1940s, he married Elizabeth Smith. He attended Middlebury (Vt.) College's Bread Loaf School of English, earning a master's degree in 1951. Mr. Smith became an English teacher and basketball coach at several secondary schools and colleges, including the Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J., Girard College, and the University of Pennsylvania.

An avid bird-watcher, Mr. Lawrence visited 49 states and had a life list of more than 600 U.S. species. With the Friends of the Wissahickon, he served on its board of directors and chaired its wildlife committee.

He was also a member of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club, and the Wyncote chapter of the National Audubon Society, and the American Birding Association.

Mr. Lawrence's wife died in 2004. He is survived by nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the chapel at Springfield Residences, 551 E. Evergreen Ave., Wyndmoor.


Contact Vernon Clark

at 215-854-5717 or vclark@phillynews.com.

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