Lawson McDowell was almost born in the backseat of a Buick, but a wild ride through the wheat fields near Dodge City, Kansas, arrived at the hospital in the nick of time. That was in 1950.
It seems Lawson has been in a hurry ever since.
When he was five, his family moved to Texas, establishing roots in the small town of Andrews, where his father worked in the oil industry. Lawson grew up with rattlesnakes and roughnecks in the rough and tumble oil boom years of the 50's and 60's.
After graduation from Texas Tech University, Lawson went to work for Southern Pacific Railroad. He advanced through the ranks, eventually leading operations in Los Angeles, Tucson and Kansas City. At the corporate level, he served as director of safety in Denver, and for a time chaired the Association of American Railroads Safety Section in Washington.
Lawson attended executive classes at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While MIT upgraded his skills, he developed a love for Boston and the Red Sox.
Now serving with Union Pacific Railroad, Lawson is Director of Network Operations where working with trains is still a passion.
He and his wife, Virginia (his greatest passion) live in Omaha, Nebraska.
Lawson writes in his spare time.