Former Lawrence resident Colin Philip Beyer, 13, Westboro, Mass., died on Sept. 24, 1992, in Westboro after a yearlong struggle against a brainstem tumor.
Colin was born Dec. 15, 1978, in Lawrence. He lived here until he was 3, when his parents, James and Kathleen Collins Beyer, completed their doctorates in English at Kansas University.
Colin was a train lover who began developing his knowledge of railroads by spending countless hours on Engine 1073 in Lawrence's Watson Park and by meeting trains at Union Depot in North Lawrence. He traveled extensively by rail in the various places his parents' teaching careers had taken him.
After leaving Lawrence, he lived in Zhengzhou, the People's Republic of China; in Ames, Iowa; in Milford, Mass.; and in Ankara, Turkey.
Colin was diagnosed with cancer shortly after arriving in Turkey and returned to the United States for treatment.
He had been a member of St. John the Evangelist Church and had returned to Lawrence frequently during the past 10 years.
Survivors include his parents, of the home; his sister, Marta, also of the home; his maternal grandparents, George W. and Kathryn Collins, Wichita; and his paternal grandmother, Edith Beyer, Buffalo, N.Y.