* M. Lawrence Crawford
Lawrence Crawford was born and raised on a family cattle farm in rural Perry County. Throughout his life, he has worked with livestock, so earning a degree in veterinary medicine seemed a natural progression. He graduated from veterinary school in 1942, and practiced veterinary medicine in Mobile until 1946, when he moved back to Perry County to set up a veterinary practice.
For more than 30 years, he was THE veterinarian in Perry and surrounding counties. He never refused to treat any animal, no matter how big or how small, or what time of the day or night he was needed. His veterinary practice spanned an era in which his domain included over 60 Grade A dairies and over 100 Grade B dairies. For many of those years, Perry County was among the top beef cattle producing counties in the state. During his practice, he served as president of the Alabama Veterinary Medicine Association and worked tirelessly to improve the status of the Alabama livestock industry.
In addition to an intense schedule of veterinary medicine, Crawford found the time to build one of the state’s top beef cattle operations. He served in numerous leadership roles in county and state livestock organizations, including honorary vice president of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association. He worked closely with animal scientists and veterinarians at Auburn University to improve the plight of Alabama’s livestock industry through research, teaching, and outreach. He also has served in leadership roles in the state’s forestry industry, and in 1986, his tree farm in northern Perry County was awarded TREASURE Forest status.
Dr. Crawford and his wife, Gloria, have two children: George, who continues as the fifth generation of Crawford cattlemen in Perry County, and a daughter, Shirley Dorrough, who lives in Montgomery.