St. Mary’s County Historical Society
  • S​cott Lawrence. Scott was fhe former editor of the Chronicles of St. Mary's.   Scott leaves his wife, Laurie Lawrence, his two children - Katherine Lawrence, Lusby, and Douglas Lawrence (Pauline), and Caitlin Ward, Ohio, daughter of Laurie.  He is also survived by his brother, John Lawrence, Lexington Park; sister, Julie Lawrence, Fairfax, VA; and parents Jack and Suzanne Lawrence, Dameron.  He was pre-deceased by his grandparents, Douglas and Mildred Lawrence, Florida, and his other grandparents, David and Mary Hammett, Park Hall.  Scott bought the Park Hall residence that his grandparents built in 1946 and has been renovating and living in it since 2013.  He was brought to his home after living at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station; his family later moved to St. Inigoes. While living in St. Inigoes, Scott began to discover historic and pre-historic sites on their propoerty and he became intersted in local and colonial history - especially the graveyards that seemed to be ignored and neglected.  While land surveying was a noble pursuit, it didn't prove to provide the income material needs he wanted, so he decided that a higher education was needed and pursued and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree.  He got a job working as a contractor at NAS Pax River when he discovered that the Navy had buried all the tombstones at St. Nicholas Cemetery.  Scott's ancestors had been buried there for over 200 years.  It seemed unjust so he approached the Navy about a full restoration project.  Reluctant at first, the Navy required that Scott obtain full certification in Cemetery Repair.  After doing so, and seven years later, the project was completed.  Prior to and during this time, Scott worked on and studied various archeological projects over the years including the discovery of the 1662 Chapel at St. Francix Xavier in Newtown, Maryland.  Scott served as Editor of the Chonricles for several years and he was a member of the Society's Board of Directors.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to MedStar Hospice of St. Mary's, PO Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650.  Please join family and friends on Saturday, April 28, between 1 and 4 p.m at the Green Door in Park Hall for a memento mei in morte celebration for Scott.
  • Eugene James Guazzo, M.D., died Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 88 years of age at St. Mary's Hospice House with his wife, Shelby Palmer Guazzo, at his bedside.  In 1968, Dr. & Mrs. Guazzo moved to St. Mary's County.  They had been encouraged by St. Mary's physician, Dr. J. Roy Guyther, to come and see the rural, family-oriented communities that made up the county.  They settled down to work and raise their family, first at Cremona Farm and later at their own farm in Maddox.  Before his retirement in 2008, Dr. Guazzo was Board Certified in Family Medicine and a family physician for 40 years at his office in Chaptico.  After his retirement, Dr. Guazzo enjoyed working as a substitute teacher for the county school system  They were married for 56 years.  Dr. Guazzo was predeceased by his parents, Eugene Camillo Guazzo and Augustina Pivano Guazzo, and his sister, Lucille K. Schusler.  In addition to his wife, he is survived by his four children: Eugene Tai Guazzo (Cheri) of Riverdale CA; John Palmer Guazzo (Caroline) of Falls Church VA; Dante Edward Guazzo 2nd (Emine) of San Francisco CA; and Shelby Smith Guzazzo (David Mattis) of Denver, CO.  There are six grandchildren: Samantha and Juliette Guazzo, Leyla Grace and Indigo Rose Guazzo, and Dorian, John and Mila Shelby Mattis.  He is also survived by his niece, Jeanne Schusler Ten Broeck and her son, David W. Ten Broeck (Heather) all of Baltimore MD.  Dr. Guazzo graduated from Auburn University. AL, with a BS in Education and a MS in Psychology.  He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC.  His post graduate training was at Hunterdon Medical Center, Fleming, NJ, followed by a fellowship at Harvard University, Boston, MA.  Dr. Guazzo supported his professional organizations, the American Medical Association and the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland.  For many years,he enjoyed being a member of the Maryland State Medical Ethics Commission. He was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and is a disabled Korean War veteran, but resigned his commission to enter medical school.  His last assignment was with the U.S. Navy Aircraft Squadron VW4, known as the Hurricane Hunters. Dr. Guazzo took great pleausre in sailing small boats on the rivers and the Bay around our county and riding to hounds wih the De La Brooke Foxhounds W Hunt.  As the Master of the Hunt he secured the Hunt's national registration with the Masters of Foxhounds Association of America.  He was a member of the Southern Maryland Society, the Vansville Farmers Club, the St. Mary's County Farm Bureau, the St. Mary's Riding Club and the St. Mary's River Yacht Club.  He was one of hte original members of the St Clements Hundred and a longtime supporter of the St. Mary's County Historical Society as well as the Friends of the St.Clement's Island Piney Point Museums.  He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion Post 221.  Growing up as a boy in the City of Orange, NJ, Dr. Guazzo joined the Boy Scouts of America.  He was always thankful for the leadershp training and of learning to set schievable goals so early in life.  He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and continued to support the B.S.A. throughout his life.  Dr. Guazzo was a member and lay reader first at All Faith Episcopal Church, Mechanicsville, MD, and later at Christ Episcopal Church, Chaptico.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice House of St. Mary's, PO Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or the St. Mary's County Historical Society, PO Box 212, Leonardtown, MD.