Robert O. “Bob” Gill served as Mayor of Lawson from 1992 – 1997.
He was born January 14, 1927, in Siam, Iowa, the son of Vella and Arthur Gill, and grew up and graduated from high school in Hopkins, Missouri. On August 25, 1948 he married Virginia and had four children. Bob was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during WWII.
In 1949 he graduated from NWMSC in Maryville. He taught industrial arts and coached in Stewartsville, Lawson, and Cameron. In 1961 he received his master’s of school administration from NEMSC in Kirksville and subsequently served as superintendent of schools in Eagleville, Grant City and Lawson. Bob Gill Drive leading to Lawson High School is named in his honor.
On June 23, 2012 he died at age 85. There is a tombstone in Lawson Cemetery and inurnment was in Hopkins, Missouri.