Calvin Lawshe – January 24, 1947 – September 5, 2018
Calvin Lawshe, Toledo
native, former star athlete at Macomber Vocational High
School, former University of Toledo professor and
administrator, retired City of Toledo administrator, died
Wednesday, September 5 at St. Luke’s Hospital.
Lawshe was born to
Josephine Moore and Calvin Lawshe in 1947. He graduated from
Macomber in 1965 where he was a standout basketball player
and high jumper on the track and field team. He attended UT
on a basketball scholarship earning an undergraduate degree,
and a mastrs degree, in business administration.
In 2008 he was inducted
into the City League Hall of Fame.
He began his academic
career at UT in 1974 as an instructor of business
technology, eventually becoming an assistant professor, then
a full professor, teaching accounting, finance and
He went into
administration at the university in 1995 and remained an
assistant to the president until his retirement in 2006.
During his university
career, Lawshe was a partner – with the late Waymon Usher –
in a firm that was involved in construction management and
project development. Among other projects Lawshe and Usher
developed years ago was the Franklin Plaza strip mall at the
corner of Franklin and Bancroft.
In 2007, Lawshe entered
city government, appointed director of the Plan Commissions
by Mayor Carty Finkbeiner. He served in that position until
2012. In 2013, Mayor Mike Bell appointed him to an economic
development official position.
Lawshe is survived by his
wife Vickie whom he married in 1989; daughters, Kamaria
Boatman and Kara Lawshe-Fullen; son, Lance; sisters, Emma
Wardlaw and Carol Cole; brothers, Charles Cole and David and
Larry Lawshe and five grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on
Wednesday, September 12 at Perfecting Church Toledo from 5
to 8 p.m. Services will be held at Perfecting Church on
Thursday at 11 a.m.