Personal papers of R. Keith Lawton
This collection includes R. Keith Lawton's work from when he was the Vice Chancellor of the University of Kansas/Director of Facilities Planning and Operations. It includes his correspondence with the Kansas government and advisors on campus regarding the development of KU.
- 1951 - 1982
- Lawton, R. Keith (Person)
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Biography of R. Keith Lawton
R. Keith Lawton was born on June 4, 1919 in Americus, Kansas, the son of Henry B. and Edna Lowe Lawton. He graduated from high school in Kiowa, KS. He attended Emporia State University before entering the US Navy, where he served during WWII.
Following the war, Lawton was a 1947 graduate of the University of Kansas with a B.S. in Business Administration. He began his career with KU as the Director of Dormitories from 1948-1951. From 1952-1962, he was the Administrative Assistant to the Chancellor. He then became the Vice Chancellor of Operations and continued in that position until he became the Vice Chancellor for Campus Planning and Development. After his retirement in 1982, he remained as a Special Assistant to the Chancellor. He taught several courses in university campus planning in the Graduate School for many years.
Lawton was active in the creation of a campus master plan for KU. He believed in good "town and gown" relationships and instituted meetings with several local entitities affected by KU plans, including the city of Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas City Power & Light, and the Kansas Highway Patrol. Before KU established a university counsel office, Lawton was the liaison with the Kansas Attorney General's office for all matters related to facilities, construction, and parking.
R. Keith Lawton passed away on August 17, 2012.
1.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes + 2 oversize folders)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, Phyllis Lawton, 2015.
- Guide to the R. Keith Lawton Personal Papers
- Personal papers of R. Keith Lawton
- Finding aid prepared by rmk. Finding aid encoded by rmk.
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- Finding aid written in English.
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- Preferred citation
Personal papers of R. Keith Lawton, PP 611, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas