Department Lecture Series
Brother DeSales Lawless, C.F.X.
Brother DeSales Lawless, a Xaverian Brother, was born in Louisville. He held a BS from Catholic University, an MS from St. John's University, and PhDs in science education and biochemistry from New York University.
He joined Fordham's Liberal Arts College in 1969 as the first scientist on the faculty of the young college, where he taught for 34 years. (FCLC, then known as “The Liberal Arts College,” began classes in September 1968.) Brother Lawless founded the Department of Science and Mathematics, which later became the Department of Natural Sciences, at Lincoln Center, and began FCLC’s very successful PreMedical Program. He was named associate professor emeritus in September but continued to teach at FCLC until 2003, when he returned to Louisville to live at the Xaverian Brothers retirement home. Brother Lawless died on Feb. 29, 2009 in Louisville, KY, at age 87.