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Robert Lawson
Robert Lawson
Induction Year: 1995
Sport: Football, Baseball, Basketball
Graduation Year: 1930

A versatile performer, Robert Lawson was a three-sport standout for the Tigers.  In football, he played end and quarterback, in basketball he was a center, and in baseball he played outfield.

In football, Lawson still holds the Hampden-Sydney record for most interceptions in a game, with four during the 1929 contest against Lynchburg College.  During the 1929 game against Virginia Tech, he served as acting captain and scored H-SC's only touchdown on a 12-yard interception return.  In 1928, he was quarterback of the unit that defeated the University of Richmond, 13-0, and Randolph-Macon, 39-6.

He played a key part with the Tigers' famed "wrecking crew" during the 1929 baseball season, and served as baseball team captain during his senior season.  He was awarded the prestigious Gammon Cup at graduation in 1930.

Lawson briefly coached at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, before attending law school at the University of Virginia, where he served as an assistant football coach for the Cavaliers.  Lawson practiced with the law firm of Steptoe and Johnson in Charleston, West Virginia, from 1935 to 1988, serving as senior partner in the Charleston Office.  In 1992, he received an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Hampden-Sydney.

Originally from South Boston, Virginia, Lawson is a member of the South Boston-Halifax County Athletic Hall of Fame.  He and his wife, Virginia Peyton Brown, have three children and eight grandchildren and live in Charleston, West Virginia.