Roy Lee Lawrence, 1961-1962
Roy Lee Lawrence, 1961-1962

A native of Marion County, Roy Lee Lawrence was raised on a farm near Bardstown and graduated in 1928 from Bardstown High School. He held a bachelor of science degree from Western Kentucky State College and a master’s degree from UK. He also did postgraduate work in administration and supervision at UK. Working in the field of education most of his life, Lawrence served as a teacher and principal in the Nelson County school system from 1930 to 1943. He was employed by the State Department of Education as an accounting supervisor on July 1, 1948, and on August 1, 1951, he transferred to the Louisville Board of Education to serve in the same capacity. With the reorganization of the Business Department at the Louisville Board of Education, he became supervisor of Stores and Transportation, later becoming director of the same division. During the summers, he worked as chief accountant for the Agricultural Adjustment Administration and also as a tax calculator for the Nelson County Court Clerk. From 1943 to 1948, he was storekeeper-gauger for the U.S. Alcohol Tax Unit. Lawrence had served on the board of both Kentucky and Southeastern ASBO and was a member of the committee that wrote the first State Purchasing Manual for local school districts of Kentucky. He was a past president of the Kentucky School Business Officials; a past president of the Bardstown Optimist Club; a past lieutenant-governor of the Kentucky-West Virginia District of Optimist International; past president of the Bardstown Quarterback Club; a member of SASBO; a member of the Louisville, Kentucky, and National Education Associations
and of ASBO in the United States and Canada. He was appointed to the board of the State Teacher Retirement Fund, was a
member of the board of deacons and a Sunday school teacher of the Bardstown First Presbyterian Church, and was a member of the Masonic Lodge.