William Crowley Lauerman

December 27, 1954September 23, 2013


Of Great Falls, Virginia died on September 23, 2013 surrounded by his loving family and some of his closest friends. Dr. Lauerman was born in New York City on December 27, 1954 and was the son of the late Sidney and Veronica Lauerman. He graduated from Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, NJ in 1973, received a Bachelors of Science degree from The Johns Hopkins University in 1977 and received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1982, where he also completed his orthopaedic residency. After completing a fellowship in spinal surgery at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Scoliosis Center, he served as a Major in the US Air Force based at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. He practiced at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center prior to returning to Georgetown University Hospital and School of Medicine where, for almost 20 years, he specialized in spinal surgery, most recently as the Chief of Spinal Surgery and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. He served as Chairman of the Admissions Committee of the Georgetown University School of Medicine prior to being named Dean of Admissions in July, 2012. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Cynthia Tull Lauerman, and children, Kathleen Marie Lauerman and Kevin Crowley Lauerman, his sisters, Kathleen Lauerman Commins of Ridgewood, NJ and Colleen Marie Lauerman and her husband, Keith Chmiel, of Arlington, VA, his brother, Stephen D Lauerman of Tampa, FL, and nieces and nephews, Meghan Commins Blattner, Ryan Commins, Conor, Patrick and Kelly Chmiel, Cameron Maser, Kimberly Willis, Emily, Abigail, Seth and Ivy Anne Genshaw. Arrangements by Joseph Gawler's Sons, LLC Funeral Directors. A visitation is planned for Thursday, September 26, from 10 a.m. until Noon at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 3513 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, immediately followed by a Memorial Mass at noon. The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be sent in Dr. Lauerman's memory to The Georgetown University School of Medicine, Office of Advancement, 3300 White Haven St NW, #4000, Washington, DC 20007


  • Memorial Mass Thursday, September 26, 2013
  • visitation Thursday, September 26, 2013

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July 14, 2014

I had the same experience as the last poster. I was looking up his email address to send him some good news--that 6 years past major scoliosis surgery, I just won a half ironman triathlon in the women's overall category. I wanted to let him know how much he had changed my life. I wish I had done so earlier. What a tragic loss of a wonderful and selfless person. My condolences are with his family.

Nyuma Isata Jawara

June 4, 2014

I was just about to email Dr. Lauerman to make an appointment. But since I have not seen him for a number of years, something told me to google him first. I am deeply saddened to read about his passing and my thoughts and prayers are with his family. I was diagnosed with scoliosis and after seeing different doctors in various countries, i finally met Dr Lauerman and instantly knew that he was the doctor for me. His warmth, professionalism and skill made me to continue the long journey from London to Washington. Whilst many doctors were pessimistic about my chance of walking again after surgery, he gave me hope at the time i needed it the most. Thank you for giving me my life back. I and my family will always be grateful. May your soul rest in perfect peace.

May 19, 2014

Please accept our deepest condolences over the loss of our special friend and amazing surgeon for my husband Bob. The loss of Dr. Lauerman (Bill) is a loss to the entire medical community, to his family of course and to friends and acquaintances far and wide. His professionalism and skill were acclaimed and rightly so, but his character was equally as sterling and fine. He holds a special place in our hearts as my husband's surgeon, but also as the father of two wonderful, accomplished children whom I was privileged to teach. May you all, his family, find strength in your faith, family and friends and may God grant you peace at this time. The legacy of your husband and father is a great one and may cherished memories give you solace and joy in days to come.


Lady N. Hodges

Rochelle Butler & Jania Washington

May 18, 2014

May God Bless the family of Dr. Lauerman as my family will never forget him. Dr. Lauerman has changed my daughter's life for the better which gave her a more positive outlook on life & for that i will be forever grateful!


May 13, 2014

I called Dr. Lauerman's office today to make an appointment only to learn the heartbreaking news that's he's no longer with us on this earth. He has been my doctor for 16 years. He was such a wonderful doctor; kind and honest. He never pushed me into surgery as many other doctors had attempted to previously. I was deeply saddened to hear of his passing and my heart goes out to his family. He did remarkable work here on earth and improved the lives of so many. He will be truly missed.


March 14, 2014

I just learned of Bill's passing; very saddened. We were classmates at Georgetown, and would catch up a bit, every few years at the 'usual conferences'. Our deepest condolences....a very nice guy, who will be deeply missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known him

Mary T.

February 28, 2014

My family was so shocked and saddened when we recently learned of Dr Lauerman's death. We met him last April when he evaluated the scoliosis of a 14-year-old girl whom we're adopting and - in the span of 30 minutes - we were highly impressed by his knowledge, wit, warmth and compassion. He quickly, yet patiently, brought us up to speed on our daughter's condition. Dr Lauerman made such a strong positive impression on us that we seriously considered continuing to make the 4-hour drive to D.C. so that our daughter could remain under his care, although we eventually found an excellent doctor in our community. As the many comments in this guest book attest, Dr Lauerman was clearly a gifted healer and a fine man. My heart goes out to his family and friends - I hope they have wonderful memories of their husband, father, brother, and friend and take comfort in recalling those occasions.

Azita Moalemi, MD

February 25, 2014

My condolences to the Lauerman family. This is quite a loss for the medical community. He was truly talented and compassionate physician.

Charles Johnson

February 24, 2014

I was deeply saddened to hear of Dr. Lauerman's passing. To say he helped me through a difficult medical problem is an understatement. He was a kind and helpful doctor who clearly gave his best to each and every one of his patients. Dr. Lauerman seemed to have a way of putting himself into the middle of a problem, see all the sides and then find the best solution. I admired that skill and greatly benefited as his patient. His words of encouragement and skills as a physician will be sadly missed.

Darlene Heim

February 7, 2014

Dr Lauerman there isn't a day that has gone by since our first incountet.You helped my little sister with her sclerosis at 14 she was so thankful for you giving her life back. But you didn't stop there You then worked your miracle magic again This time for me in 1992 I being 31 my s1 l4 was at a three from slipping you fused it and made me able to still walk without that surgery I would of had paralysis. AS I look to the Heavens I can see you smile beause your the only Dr in this world who could remember every patients name That shows A Real True dedicated
Dr. Who had a real love for mankind. Even when we last spoke you asked me how my little sister was.You were a blessing sent from above Now the Lord took you home to take care of Our Hero Dr William Lauderman. THANK YOU SO MUCH GIVE A FINAL AMEN TO A ONE KIND HERO,FATHER, A TRUE FRIEND, A ONE OF A KIND, GOD BLESS YOU' LL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED HERE IN TEXAS THANK YOU SO MUCH AMEN OUR CCONDOLENCES TO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS GOD BLESS SUCH A WORLDLY MAN THANK YOU AGAIN OBE LAST TINE THE HEIMS IN TEXAS!!!!!! DARLENE