Marilyn B. Lawler | 2020 Loyalty Award Recipient

Marilyn Lawler

Marilyn B. Lawler, MA ’89 LAS, of Springfield, Illinois, holds a master’s degree from the University. After teaching for 5 years in the Springfield School District as a homebound teacher, she taught in the Williamsville school district for 13 years and was a principal at the Waverly Elementary School for 12 years. She retired in 2006.

In addition to her involvement with SAGE Society programs and committees, her volunteer service on campus includes helping out at UIS graduation and the Springfield Marathon. Marilyn and her husband, Dennis, attend the many public programs and lectures on campus, as well as frequent many Sangamon Auditorium performances. They financially contribute to important University priorities through their charitable giving. The couple have been married for more than 50 years and have two children and five grandchildren.

Her volunteer service also extends to the greater community. She is a volunteer at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum; a docent at the Dana-Thomas House; and is currently president of the Springfield Symphony Guild.  She has been a member of the American Association of University Women for more than 40 years, having served in many positions, including president.