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October 04, 2007 - 11:56 AM
Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz

Dick Laughlin was my band and choir teacher, and my Top 20 swing choir director at Delphi High School until 1962 when he and our '62 class moved on. Interestingly, I moved on to Indiana State University largely due to his encouragement. Mr. Laughlin's band class was one of my favorites...time flew when in his presence, so that period was the shortest of the day! Dick has remained in my life through happenstance events (Some 12+ years after my leaving DHS, Dick called me in the Detroit area where I was living. He asked if my husband Jerry and I might like to see his group's production of Shenandoah there in Detroit...and have dinner with him afterward....YES!); through my remembering and singing often songs he taught us in Top 20; through my calls to him now and then through the years to update ourselves on our lives; through friends' and family members' frequent references to their enjoyment of Dick's work at B&B; and and through Dick's modeling those days so long ago of how to render tender nurturing to young students, regardless of talent or status....modeling which I have sought to imitate every day in my life as an educator and parent.

I was incredibly excited to learn that Dick would likely attend our 45th DHS reunion held recently. We received word just days before our event that this world had lost our dearly-loved and immensely-talented teacher, mentor, and friend.

With gratitude to Dick's family and his loved ones for sharing this man with me....and the world. Thank you!

Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz

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