The volunteer: When Henry "Hank" Lawton retired from his job as a computer engineer at Westinghouse, he began to "look for something to do," he recalled. As luck would have it, a friend who is on the board of directors of Hospice of the Chesapeake asked to become a volunteer there.
Ten years later, Mr. Lawton is still volunteering, mostly by helping install, program and network computers for the facility.
He also has headed major fund-raising drives, spoken to community groups about the hospice and assisted with the Hospice Cup, the annual benefit sailing regatta.
His achievements were recognized in May when the Severna Park Rotary Club presented him with its Service Above Self Award.
In nominating Mr. Lawton for the award, Erwin Abrams, president of the Hospice of the Chesapeake, wrote, "Hank personifies a true volunteer; he gives freely of himself, his talents and his time. He asks nothing in return. He is tireless in his efforts, dedicated to his cause. Hank Lawton is an inspiration to all of us at Hospice of the Chesapeake, and we are proud to know him, and call him our friend."
"He was an instrumental part of the growth that our hospice has experienced during the past five years [committing] tireless efforts to maintain our computers."
A resident of Severna Park for more than 35 years, Mr. Lawton has been active with the Lions Club, the Civitans, his community association and St. John the Evangelist Church.
Volunteer's comment: "Hospice has been a godsend. It gives me something to do. I don't know what I would do without them."
About the organization: For more information about Hospice of the Chesapeake, its services and volunteer opportunities, call 987-2003.
"Volunteer Spotlight" is compiled by Kevin Harrison. To recommend someone, call the Anne Arundel Bureau, 315-8911, any time, fax information to 315-8916 or mail it to: The Sun for Anne Arundel, 8131 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, Md. 21122.