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Loyal Redbird couple Homecoming royalty

Parker and Sharon (Morton) Lawlis of Normal, this year’s Homecoming alumni king and queen, are the epitome of what it means to be Redbird proud.

Parker ’57, M.S. ’61, studied business education and education administration while on the basketball team. He worked at ISU as alumni director and retired as director of placement services. He has served as president of the Illinois State Annuitants Association and received the E. Burton Mercier Service Award. Sharon ’60 studied home economics. She taught at Illinois State before teaching middle school.

The couple established the Lawlis Endowed Scholarship in Family and Consumer Sciences to assist students majoring in education within the department. They attend scholarship and university events, remaining involved with the Half Century Club and Alumni Association. Both are members of the Loyalty Circle, which recognizes financial contributions made to the University.

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