To the editor:
I read with great sadness the Jan. 6 obituary of Attorney Joseph G. Prone. He was a hero for academic excellence at Lawrence High school throughout his professional life. He quietly followed the plight of Lawrence High School by religiously reading The Eagle-Tribune and noting the academic achievement of its students.
He would often call my office asking about particular students and wanted to be assured that they were encouraged to apply to prestigious universities and colleges. During my 30 years working in guidance, he met with me frequently and was personally responsible for numerous scholarship distributed on a yearly basis. Each check was accompanied by a strong letter of encouragement to be given to each recipient at graduation. He attended numerous graduation ceremonies, always sitting in the stands -- never choosing to come to the podium to distribute the scholarships. When he was no longer able to come to the high school he sent his nephew Steven Prone to be sure that the scholarships were distributed properly.
Attorney Joseph Prone was a graduate of Lawrence High School who never forgot his roots. He was a distinguished gentleman who wanted no recognition.
Attorney Joseph Prone was in my eyes a gentle giant -- a protector of Lawrence High School and its immigrant population. He cared deeply about Lawrence’s children and worked ferociously to provide scholarship assistance to great numbers of graduates of LHS. His dedication and generosity is a great loss for LHS. Lawrence High School has lost one of its most treasured heroes!
Eileen M. Khoury
Retired coordinator of guidance at Lawrence High