Lawrence Madden

Lawrence Madden

World War II veteran

Shown on the right is Lawrence Madden, 92; and on the left, as a private in the U.S. Army. A lifelong resident of Ashland, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, where he has served his community since returning home from Germany in 1945, Madden is still an active member of the American Legion, Ashland Water Authority and Knights of Columbus. Madden's two sons are proud Penn State graduates: Larry received his bachelor of science in 1974, master's in 1977 and doctorate in 1979; and Thad received his bachelor of science in 1983. “I went off to war when I turned 18. I wanted my kids to go off to college when they were 18,” he said. Madden paid all college expenses for his two sons and daughter Amy while working in a shirt factory for 47 years. 

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