Carol Hargrave Skinner Lawson, age 94, of Dillwyn, Virginia, passed into the fullness of the spiritual world on Thursday, November 17, 2016. She was born on November 12, 1922, in Cincinnati, daughter of Charles Wickham Skinner and Ruth Hargrave Skinner.
Carol attended the University School of Cincinnati and received her MFA in Literature from Bennington College. During Carol’s high school years, she was a supernumerary in operatic performances of the Cincinnati Symphony. Dedicated to the artful use of language, Carol served as Associate Editor of the New-Church Messenger (1955–1964); Chair of the New-Church Department of Publications; Editorial Assistant for Harper & Row’s The American Journal of Pathology (1964–1966); Publications Officer, U.S. Public Health Service (1967–1970); Public Information and Press Officer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from its inception (1970–1985); Editor-in-Chief of the Swedenborg Foundation’s journal Chrysalis (1984–2013); Art Director, American Birding Association’s Birding(1988–2000); and Art Director of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America’s Needle Arts(2002–2007). She served for more than a quarter century on the Swedenborg Foundation Board of Directors.
In 1985, Carol moved from Washington, D.C., to Buckingham County, Virginia. Filling her house with guests, camaraderie, sparkling conversation, relatives, old friends, new friends, flowers, and delicious meals, she engaged community and family.
Carol will be missed by her brother, Wickham Skinner; her sister, Perry Martin; her six children, Ann Crittenden, Robert Lawson, Phoebe Loughrey, Susanna Buschmann, Laura Lawson Tucker, and Frank Lawson; her daughters-in law, Marian Lawson and Shelia Geoffrion; sons-in-law, Robert Tucker, Eric Buschmann, and William Loughrey; nine grandchildren and her two cousins, Parlin Meyer and Janet Hargrave. She also leaves behind eight great-grandchildren, and numerous loving nephews, nieces, and friends.
A celebration of Carol’s life will be observed on July 14 at Glendale New Church, 845 Congress Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio, at 10:30 am, followed by an interment at 1:30 pm, Spring Grove Cemetery, 4389 Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, the resting place of her parents and many ancestors.
Condolences can be mailed to the Lawson family at 1745 Gravel Hill Road, Dillwyn, Virginia 23936.