Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Paul N. Lashbrook (October 6, 1940 - June 28, 2015)

Paul N. Lashbrook (October 6, 1940-June 28, 2105)

Paul Lashbrook, friend, fellow automobile enthusiast, Society of Automotive Historians’ Board member, and Hershey Tent hospitality maestro, passed with his beloved Bonnie at his side after an extended illness in Lexington, Kentucky on June 28, 2015.  Paul’s passion in this life was his love of everything automotive. He was a member of no less than a dozen automotive clubs and organizations, serving on several boards, including the SAH, through the years. An avid collector of automotive literature, Indy memorabilia, and owner of many cars including a 1939 Cadillac, Paul possessed vast historical knowledge that he was always willing to freely share with anyone who asked.

Paul had an unforgettable smile and a childlike joy that was obvious to all who knew him. My memories of Paul include his generosity and affability so evident each year at the SAH Hershey tent, where he spent many an October afternoon greeting members, both old and new.  And who can forget his grin at the SAH Meeting in Palo Alto, California in 2014 when he pulled up to the Hotel in a new Camaro convertible rental with the top down that he got inadvertently at a bargain price?

Paul was born in Hillsboro, Wisconsin, and since his father served as a minster to a number of small struggling churches, he moved often, from Wisconsin to Indiana, Ohio, Maryland, Canada, and Barbados. He graduated from Asbury University in 1962 with a degree in English, and two years later married Bonnie, whom he had met while a student at Asbury. After teaching English for 18 years in Ohio and Florida public schools, he returned to law school, graduating from Nova University in 1983. He practiced civil law in Florida for many years. Generous with his time and compassion as an attorney, Paul touched many lives with his Christian witness.

Memorial gifts may be given to Lashbrook Scholarship at Ashbury University, 1 Macklem Drive, Wilmore, Kentucky 40390.

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