Lawrence Furbish was born and grew up in Sanford, Maine.  He received a BA degree from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and he attended graduate school at the University of Maine and Ohio State University, receiving degrees in Political Science.  He worked for the Connecticut State Legislature in the Office of Legislative Research for over 30 years.  This was a non-partisan position involving researching policy issues, writing reports, summarizing legislation, and staffing committees.  He was the long-time assistant directory of the office and finished the last few years of his tenure as director.  He is now retired and living in Sanford in the house his grandfather built, and in which he grew up.

Lawrence joined Rotary in 2006.  He has been his club's Community Service Chair and in 2011-12 is serving as its President.  In 2008, he went on a Rotary mission trip to India and participated in a National Immunization Day.  He served on the District International Service Committee in 2010-11 and the District Conference Committees in 2009-10 and 20011-12.  He is a Paul Harris Fellow and, effect July 2012, he will begin a term on the District 7780 Foundation Committee as the World Peace Fellows Chair. 

Lawrence is active in a number of other community service organizations including three years as president of the local library board, four years as an elected town meeting member, Historical Society board member, and five years singing tenor in the Choral Art Society in Portland, Maine.

Lawrence is enjoying retirement with his wife, Barbara Sutcliffe, who is also a member of the Sanford-Springvale club.  They enjoy golf, gardening, bicycling, yoga, beekeeping, and travel.  Lawrence has two children, two stepdaughters and two grandchildren.