Lawrence, Dr. Wayne

Date: November 29, 2016
Lawrence, Dr. Wayne

Interview 281a: In this interview with Jonathan Gerland, Dr. Wayne Lawrence reminisces about his life and career, particularly about his work as the first director of the Burke Center. Dr. Lawrence speaks about his childhood and school days, his early career at the Lufkin State School and the Travis State School. He worked as a psychologist and supervised dormitories and residents in both institutions. In 1974 he moved back to Angelina County to direct the area’s Mental Health and Mental Retardation agency, known as the Burke Center. He worked for the Center for over 9 years, starting its programs, hiring the staff, and working with judges and commissioners and citizens in 13 area counties. Following his time at the Burke Center, Dr. Lawrence worked in private practice. In this interview he mentions Ward Burke, Bill Beaver, Si Morrison, and Susan Rushing, among others, for their contributions to the advancement of MHMR care in Texas and in Angelina County, specifically.

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