LaVerne Peters Rawlings-Lawal, 57

College bursar


LaVerne Peters Rawlings-Lawal, a college bursar and book lover, died Monday of cancer at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The Edmondson Village resident was 57.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Edmondson Village, Mrs. Rawlings-Lawal graduated in 1968 from Western High School and earned a degree in political science from Antioch University.

In the late 1970s, she served as business office director of the Homestead Montebello Center at Antioch University.

She also played a major role, family members said, in the accreditation process for Sojourner Douglass College as it evolved from what is now Antioch University.

Mrs. Rawlings-Lawal was college bursar at her death.

Politically active, she worked in the campaigns of Councilman Norman Reeves, Rep. Parren J. Mitchell and her brother, Del. Howard P. Rawlings.

"Aunt LaVerne was a very caring and loving woman who was a personal role model and an inspiration to many," said City Council President Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake, a niece, in a prepared statement yesterday.

"Her quiet determination and her commitment to education, service and family are all attributes that I will always cherish, not just as a close relative, but also as a mother and public servant," Ms. Rawlings-Blake said.

Ms. Rawlings-Lawal enjoyed listening to music, collecting antiques and reading.

"She didn't like to read; she loved to read," said Dr. Nina C. Rawlings, a sister-in-law who lives in Baltimore.

Services for Ms. Rawlings-Lawal will be held at 7 p.m. today in the chapel of Vaughn Green Funeral Home, 5151 Baltimore National Pike.

Also surviving are two sons, Babila R. Lima and Biliaminu "Bili"Lamal, both of Baltimore; a daughter, Kafayat "Reni" Lawal of Baltimore; two stepsons, Femi Lawal and Henry Lawal, both of Baltimore; a stepdaughter, Sola Lawal of Laurel; three brothers, Richard Rawlings and Gilbert Rawlings, both of Baltimore, and Guy Rawlings of Canton, Ga.; a sister, Rebecca Rawlings Scott of Lochearn; and three grandchildren. Marriages to Jacob Lima and Latifu Lawal ended in divorce

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