The Life of Donald K. Lauer

Professor Emeritus - Kutztown University

Donald K. Lauer, Ph.D., 86, a resident of Tower Court, Topton, formerly of Kutztown, died suddenly Thursday, October 24, 2019, in the Emergency Department of Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, after being stricken in his residence. He was the widower of Dorene Y. (Weinhold) Lauer, who died September 12, 1998. Born in Hackensack, NJ, he was a son of the late Arthur F. and Viola E. (MacIntyre) Lauer. Donald was a member of Mount Zion Lutheran Church, Kutztown.

Donald received his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology Magna Cum Laude from Muhlenberg College, Allentown, in 1955; a Master of Arts Degree in Psychology from Lehigh University, Allentown, in 1957, where he was inducted into the International Honor Society Psi Chi; and a Ph.D. in Psychology from University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, in 1961. Dr. Lauer also held a certificate as a Radiological Defense Officer that he received from Penn State University in 1964; Radiological Instructor III, that was received from the National Emergency Training Center, Emmetsburg, MD, in 1989. Donald began studies at Moravian Seminary in 1998.

Dr, Lauer's professional career began in 1960 as an Assistant Professor at Muhlenberg College, Allentown. In 1965, Dr Lauer became a Professor at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, a position he held until his retirement in 1994. During his time at Kutztown, he served as Assistant Academic Dean from 1967 to 1972. Dr. Lauer also had a private psychology practice from 1971 to 1984.

He was named Professor Emeritus at Kutztown University in 1994.

Donald served the Radiological Officer for Lehigh County Emergency Management Agency from 1964 to 1996. He served in the same capacity for Kutztown Borough from 1996 to 2000.

Dr. Lauer received honorary induction into Phi Delta Kappa Honor Society in 1969. He also was elected to New York Academy of Science in 1969.

Donald was a member of Mount Airy VHF Radio Society since 1958; Reading Radio Club since 1990; Lehigh Valley Amateur Astronomy Society since 1985; Berks County Psychological Society since 1967; American Psychological Association 1962 to 1994; Lehigh Valley Scotish Society Society since 1989; MacIntyre Clan Association since 1994; and Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Retired Faculty since 1994.

Donald is survived by a daughter: Kathryn A. Lauer-Williams, wife of Daniel F. Williams, Emmaus, PA; a sister, J. Patricia (Lauer), wife of Bruce Stark, Lakeland, FL; and a grandson, Rhys Lauer Williams, Emmaus.

A memorial service to celebrate Donald's life will be held on Friday, November 1, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. in Mount Zion Lutheran Church, 1343 Long Lane Road, Kutztown, with Vicar Jeremiah T. Haydt, officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. in the church. Inurnment will be private at the convenience of the family.

The family requests contributions be made in Donald's memory to Mount Zion Lutheran Church, 1343 Long Lane Road, Kutztown, PA 19530.

Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown, PA is in charge of arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at

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My Zion Lutheran Church

For several years, my wife and I picked Donald up at his residence in Topton and took him to Christmas Eve services at Mt Zion Lutheran Church. He was such an inspiring individual. He shared so many things with us about his past as it related to church. He was a mentor of mine, as I too became a worship assistant just like Donald was when I was growing up. He will always be remembered for his kind heart and love for God and the church. May he Rest In Peace. 

Jeff And Cindy Wetzel 

Posted by Jeff W on 10/27/2019