S. Lawson Abrams, 69, a retired area motel owner who was active in church and civic organizations, died Feb. 5 in Leland Memorial Hospital after a stroke. He lived in University Park.

He had been a councilman for the town of University Park for the past eight years and was a member of the College Park Rotary Club. He was an elder of the Riverdale Presbyterian Church in University Park where he was head of the senior citizens club.

Mr. Abrams was a native of Anderson, S.C., and had lived in this area since 1937. He was a graduate of Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., and served with the Army during World War II.

Mr. Abrams owned or operated motels in this area for more than 30 years before retiring in 1971. They include the Washington Tourist Court in Beltsville and the Bladensburg Motel in Bladensburg. He owned the Downtown Motel near the intersection of Fourth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NE, before selling it and retiring.

Survivors include his wife, Katherine of University Park; two daughters, Barbara Fowler of Missoula, Mont., and Mary Louise Goldschmid of Old Greenwich, Conn.; a son, Robert L. of College Park; two brothers, R.A. Abrams Jr. of College Park, and Paul W. of Atlanta, and two grandchildren.