Long-time professor dies at 89

Commerce – Dr. Lawrence McNamee, a longtime professor at East Texas State University (now A&M-Commerce) died in his home Monday. He was 89.

McNamee was almost always seen wearing his Pittsburg Pirates cap and earned his reputation traveling the world writing about boxing. He was also a professor of English, Shakespeare, and journalism.

McNamee translated German for the Office of Strategic Services during World War II and also at the Nuremberg trials after the war. He came to Commerce in 1950 and taught at the university for 37 years.

Graveside services for McNamee are scheduled for tomorrow at 10am at Rosemound cemetery in Commerce.