Dwayne W. Peaslee
Business Manager Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union
Liberty Memorial High School
Dwayne W. Peaslee graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in 1950.
He served in the Army from 1953-1955 as a Medic, attended the University of Kansas for three years and then for five years at the Pipefitter's Apprenticeship and Leadership Training at the George Meany Training Center in Washington, D.C. He was a pipefitter for 60 years and served as the Business Manager for the Plumber's & Pipefitter's Lawrence Local Union form 1987-1993.
Dwayne served seven years on the Douglas County United Way Board and coordinated the refurbishing of a nursing home into office areas for their service agencies which received a National Award. He served on the City-County Planning Commission, the City-County Economic Development Board, the City Administrative Review Committee, served a term as a board member of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, and was a member of the Lawrence Chamber Commerce Labor-Management Task Force and their Government Affairs Committee. He served as a chairman of the Lawrence School District's School-to Career partnership. He served on the Lawrence Plumber's & Pipefitter's Joint Training Committee for 20 years, the Lawrence Local Areas' Joint Apprenticeship Committee and a Trustee of UA Local #441 Plumber's & Pipefitter's Apprenticeship Training of Kansas Board. In August 2011, he was inducted into the United States Apprenticeship Association Hall of Fame. Dwayne served the Kansas Governor for 17 years on the (SAC) State Apprentice Council. He served 15 years on the State Building Advisory Commission, 15 years on the Kansas Workforce Investment Board, on the Governor's 21st Century Taskforce and the Governor's Commission on Health and Safety and the Housing and Homeless Commission. He served for the Kansas Secretary of Education on a Business Education Taskforce. He participated in School-to-Career Grant reviews on the State and Federal Level. He assisted the Kansas Board of Education as a member of the Kansas Advisory Council on Career and Technical Education.
In 2012, the Lawrence Chamber presented him with the prestigious Citizen
of the Years Award. In September 2013, the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce announced they will name the adult training center to be built near 31:st & Haskell Avenue after Dwayne citing "Dwayne is a gentleman who has, over his lifetime had a tremendous impact on business, on Lawrence's economy and on individuals".
Dwayne married Ruby in 1951and they had a daughter and a son. He died on November 19, 2013.