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WesternU Board Chairman Emeritus Warren Lawless Dies
Date:1/14/2014

, he studied business and the humanities at the University of Washington while working as a journeyman typographer for the West Seattle Herald. He rose steadily through the newspaper’s ranks, eventually becoming manager of retail advertising sales before leaving to start his own printing and management company in the late 1960s, which he operated until his retirement in 1988.

Lawless was also deeply involved in community service, as part of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce but most notably as a member of the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle, where he held several positions, including president and secretary. He earned the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce 110% Award in 1983, was named West Seattle Kiwanian of the Year twice (1979 and 1990), and earned Pacific Northwest District Kiwanis Distinguished Secretary honors four straight years (1992-95).

“He was a moving force for the last 60 years in West Seattle,” said Denis Sapiro, a member of the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle Board of Directors. Sapiro moved to Seattle in 1978, and Lawless welcomed him to the community, befriended him and recruited him into Kiwanis.

“He helped me when I was changing jobs or looking for a promotion,” Sapiro said. “He was a mentor, someone that I could turn to for advice, whether it was good business advice or fatherly advice.”

Lawless was active in the West Seattle Hi-Yu Summer Festival and he helped start a group that bought up land and provided parking for the merchants in the West Seattle Junction.

“Warren always made everything fun,” Sapiro said. “No matter how serious or difficult the situation was, he would remind us what we were working for, which was to help the community.”

Lawless’ wife, Elizabeth (Betty) passed away several years ago; he is survived by two sons, John and Michael, in addition to several other family members.

Community activism was a calling of his, said his son, John Lawless. He never tried to cheat anybody o
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