John Lawton, a native to South Bend, is returning home after 60 years in the Prairie State. Most of his life was spent in the Chicago area where he enjoyed a diverse career, working the last 30 years in the home medical equipment industry in operations and general management. His experience spans the gamut of national companies to small, individually owned businesses. In this highly competitive and regulated industry, Mr. Lawton led these organizations to improved financial performance and market growth. He holds a B.A. in math from Saint Louis University and earned an MBA from Northern Illinois University while working full time. His loyalty to and enthusiasm for Notre Dame is rooted in a 130-year family affiliation with the University.