USU conveys service award

Peter Lawson has been recognized by Utah State University with its Distinguished Service Award, according to a statement from the university. Given annually at the Founders Day and Old Main Society event in Logan, Lawson was recognized for his service and activism on USU’s behalf.

“During our Founders Day and Old Main Society event we honored individuals who, through their generosity and tireless effort, have made a significant impact on Utah State, in their individual communities and throughout the world,” said USU President Noelle Cockett.

Lawson’s affiliation with USU and its S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources stems back to his grandparents, the college’s namesakes. According to a press release, he has supported students enrolled in various programs in the Quinney College of Natural Resources and has hosted them at his home, the Professor Valley Ranch, for a variety of hands-on learning experiences. He has also supported the Colorado River Studies program at USU, according to the press release.

“I have found service to be some of the most fulfilling experiences that I’ve ever had. There’s nothing quite like it,” said Lawson. “I’ve tried to live my life to the best of my abilities with sharing my energy, my time and my resources with others. That’s very important to me.”

In Moab Lawson has served on the boards of the Youth Garden Project and the Moab Charter School. He and his wife, Anne Wilson, have supported the Alf Engen Ski Museum, Moab Art Trails, Native Seeds/Southwest Endangered Arid-Lands Clearing Resources, University of Utah Health Care, and the University of Utah, according to the press release.