Nathaniel Lawson II, 68, French interpreter

January 31, 2000|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

Nathaniel Lawson II, a French interpreter for the Air Force and the Social Security Administration, where he became a systems-analyst supervisor, died of complications from a stroke Thursday at the Augsburg Lutheran home.

The longtime resident of Howard Park in Northwest Baltimore was 68.

Born in Goldsboro, N.C., Mr. Lawson enlisted in the Air Force after high school and was stationed in France, where he served as a driver and an interpreter.

After four years of military service, he came to Baltimore and attended the University of Maryland. He soon joined the Social Security Administration as a tour guide and interpreter.

From his post in international operations, Mr. Lawson moved into health care before the advent of Medicare. He became a systems analyst and supervisor for the Health Care Finance Administration.

After his 1989 retirement, Mr. Lawson was a regular volunteer for Meals on Wheels and continued to serve food to shut-ins after a bout with cancer in 1995.

An avid bowler, Mr. Lawson rolled with the Woodknockers group and an SSA team. He was a Baltimore Colts fan who held season tickets when the team played here. He enjoyed traveling, visiting museums, reading about history and attending a men's Bible study at New Psalmist Baptist Church.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Joseph H. Brown Funeral Home, 2140 N. Fulton Ave. in Baltimore.

He was married in 1957 to Ardelcia May Williams, who survives him. Other survivors include a daughter, Yvette Lawson of Baltimore; a son, Nathaniel Lawson III of Waldorf; two sisters, Carrie Lawson Pope of Temple Hills and Mary Cromer Ambaob of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and five grandchildren.

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