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John Frederick Lawrence Edit Profile

Newspaper editor

John Frederick Lawrence, American newspaper editor. Recipient Best Sports Story award San Francisco Press Club, 1968; Loeb Achievement award, 1971; John Hancock award, 1971. Coach Lafayette (California) Youth Basketball, 1967-1968; den leader San Gabriel Valley council Boy Scouts American, 1969-1970; chairman school site council Paradise Canyon School, 1978.


Lawrence, John Frederick was born on February 6, 1934 in Cleveland. Son of Charles Wesley and Helen Mary (Defenbacher) Lawrence.


Bachelor, Oberlin College, 1956.


Corresponding from Oberlin (Ohio) for Cleveland Plain Dealer, 1954-1956. Reporter Wall St. Journal, New York City, 1956, Cleveland, 1957-1958, Chicago, 1959-1961, bureau chief Philadelphia, 1962-1963, Pittsburgh, 1963-1965, assistant managing editor Pacific Coast edition San Francisco, 1965-1968. Financial editor Los Angeles Times, 1968-1972, Washington bureau chief, 1972-1975, assistant managing editor-economics affairs, 1975—1988.

Senior editor FORTUNE magazine, 1988—1989. Vice president communications New York Stock Exchange, 1989—1993. Senior vice president communications Capital Group of Companies, 1993—2005.

Corresponding Economist of London, 1960-1972, fellow, Columbia University, 1988.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (with Paul E. Steiger) The '70s Crash and How To Survive It, 1970.


Coach Lafayette (California) Youth Basketball, 1967-1968. Den leader San Gabriel Valley council Boy Scouts American, 1969-1970. Chairman school site council Paradise Canyon School, 1978.


Married Elinor Georgette Holzinger, September 4, 1955 (divorced). Children– Deborah, Wesley, David, William. Married Kathleen Hale, 1986.

Charles Wesley Lawrence

Helen Mary (Defenbacher) Lawrence

Elinor Georgette Holzinger

Kathleen Hale

Deborah Lawrence

Wesley Lawrence

David Lawrence

William Lawrence