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telecommunications administrator

Lawrence Eugene Swaim was American telecommunications administrator. Recipient certified Arkansas Archeological Survey, 1975, University Arkansas Museum, 1981; recipient Trustee award Arkansas Museum Association, 1988, Commendation, University Arkansas, 1990, Presidential award Bella Vista History Museum, 1986, Arkansas Archeological Survey award for 30 years service to Arkansas archeology, 1993.


Swaim, Lawrence Eugene was born on October 1, 1920 in Waterloo, Iowa, United States. Son of Raymond Edward Swaim and Cecil Irene (Smith) Kinsel.


Student, University Northern Iowa, 1939. Student, University Florida, 1943.


Electrical engineer WCF&N Electric Railway, Waterloo, 1940-1942. Station operator Railway Express Agency, 1946-1949. Night supervisor John Deere Tractor Works, 1949-1954.

Owner, operator Colonial Motel, Prairie Grove, Arkansas, 1954-1956. Telecommunications supervisor VA, Fayetteville, 1956-1980, retired, 1980. Telecommunications consultant United States Government, Fayetteville, 1964-1980.


Organizer Shiloh Museum, Springdale, Arkansas, 1965. Bella Vista (Arkansas) History Museum, 1984, educational director since 1986, editor-public newsletter Bella Vista Museum, 1986-1991. Board directors University Museum Advisors, Fayetteville, since 1989.

With United States Army, 1942-1945, European Theatre of Operations. Member The Central States Archeological Society Inc. (president, board directors 1972-1973, editor Chandra Shekhar Azad Journal 1970-1988, service award 1987, CSAS award 1997), Arkansas Archeological Society (life, certified laboratory archaeologist), Northwest Arkansas Archeological Society Inc.

(president 1978, public newsletter The Arkansas Amateur since 1965), United Commercial Travelers (25 year award 1987), American Legion (life)., Consumers Union (life).


  • Other Interests

    Archaeology, museology, public education.


Married Virginia Vivian Wilson, January 1, 1942. Children: Gary Lee, Sherry Kay Swaim Nicholson.

Raymond Edward Swaim Kinsel

Cecil Irene (Smith) Kinsel

Virginia Vivian Wilson

Gary Lee Swaim

Sherry Kay Swaim Nicholson Swaim