Attending Lawrenceville: Life Changing for Paul Mott '47 P'76 '85 GP '18 '20

Brittany Sun '19
Alumnus Paul Mott ’47 P’76 ’85 GP’18 ’20 has had a long history with Lawrenceville. Ever since he was a child, Mott has lived in the town of Lawrenceville, N.J. One day when he was 12 years old, he recalls walking across the street to campus onto Green Field, where the Kennedy House football team was practicing. 

“I made myself busy. Every time there was a loose football I would take it and bring it back to the players,” Mott recounts. 

Mott continues, “And then I became friends with the coach. One day, the coach asked me, ‘What are your plans?’ And I said, ‘I don’t know.’ And he said, ‘Well I suggest you go to the Lawrenceville School and Yale.’”

“That was a pivotal point in my life, as that is what I did,” Mott says. 

Besides attending Lawrenceville, Mott also worked on campus during his summer breaks. In 1943, many of the Lawrenceville faculty and grounds crew left their jobs at the School for military service. So at age 13, Mott was hired full-time for the summer by the Buildings and Grounds Department.

At Yale University, Mott studied social science and literature, and after graduating, he volunteered for the Marine Corps officer program and spent one year in Japan and Korea. He then expanded his military experience by serving in U.S. Intelligence for about 17 years in Vienna, Austria, and West Berlin and Bonn, Germany.

Paul later served as Director of Alumni Relations in the School’s  Alumni and Development Office, and he continues to be a dedicated alumni volunteer, having served as president of the Lawrenceville Alumni Association, Reunion Chair, Class Agent and Class President, among other roles. He has also served on Lawrenceville’s Board of Trustees and is currently a Trustee Emeritus as well as a member of the John Cleve Green Society. In 1999, he was awarded Lawrenceville’s Distinguished Alumni Award, the Alumni Association’s most prestigious award, given to an individual who has devoted long hours and hard work to promoting the interests of the School over an extended period of time. He still maintains close ties with Lawrenceville, as his grandson Tait ’20 is a current student. 

Mott says he believes that Lawrenceville has had a great impact on him, his college and career choices, and it all started with one conversation with the Kennedy House football coach. 

Ultimately, Mott emphasizes the important and life-changing impact of Lawrenceville, as he believes Lawrenceville has helped lead him down amazing paths.

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