Mr Laurie Laurenson, one of the most senior and respected members of the Palmerston North Bar, died on 8 October 1979 aged 81.
Mr Laurenson, who practised law in Palmerston North for more than 60 years, was described by one of his partners, John McFarlane, as "a gentleman of real dignity whose word was his bond, a man who had a great regard for ethics, and a professional man who was able to temper the law with humanity".
Mr Laurenson was active in practice up until his death and a judicial tribute was paid to him by Mr Justice Ongley in a ceremony in the Supreme Court at Palmerston North.
At that ceremony on behalf of the Manawatu District Law Society the president, Hugh Williams, said that Mr Laurenson was known and respected as a thorough painstaking lawyer who was unswerving in his adherence to his duties to his clients and observed the highest standards of the profession.
In the formative years of the District Law Society, Mr Laurenson was its president and he brought his fine qualities and ability to the administration of the society.
This obituary was published in the November 1979 issue of Council Brief, the monthly newsletter of the Wellington District Law Society.