The KSB Family lost one of our greatest professionals Sunday with the passing of Tom Lawless, OD. Dr. Lawless served the Dixon community as an optometrist for over 4 decades, joining KSB Hospital in 2010.
After being elected to the Board of Governors for the American College of Healthcare Executives my first call was to Dr. Lawless. I asked his opinion on serving on the national level, recognizing that Tom is a respected figure throughout the country in his field.
His advice was insightful. He told me working in Dixon gave him a unique opportunity to know his patients. “Being from a rural, Midwestern community is an advantage. Tell your story and be yourself.”
I appreciated that advice then, and I do now. Dr. Lawless was always himself, and that was one amazing person.
The Lawless family is in our thoughts and prayers.