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In Memory


October 15, 2007 - 03:40 PM
Debby Shively

  What a gentleman. He never once said that my voice "grated on his nerves." Dick will always hold a special place in my memories - now he and Steve Essner can roll their eyes at me together once more. I'll be at the memorial in spirit, my friend.
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October 15, 2007 - 03:04 PM
Mark Neuenschwander

  I met Dick Laughlin in 1974 through drummer Bob Terry. He (evidently desperately) needed some musicians for a production of "Fiddler" at C.T.S. I'm sure I was the truly terrifying, complete unknown of that pit, not Bob. We were immediately made to feel at home by this genius, as long as we didn't step into any musical "holes."

Thus began a long friendship and musical association. I was welcomed into a very large, and occasionally bizarre, circle of extremely talented people, many of whom I fondly remember to this day. He was an incredibly influential person at a very formative point in my life, and I consider myself very fortunate to have experienced a small part of his tremendous energy.
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October 15, 2007 - 10:59 AM
Ginny and Bill Freeman

  Bill and I grew up in Delphi High School. We share so many wonderful memories of Dick as our band instructor and friend. Bill was President of the Band and I was in Top 20 for 4 years. We learned so much from Dick both musically and personally. After sending our an e-mail message to many classmates scattered all over the country, we have received so many messages back expressing good memories of our time with Dick. He made such an impact on our high school and those of us that had the privilege of playing music with him. We send his family and friends our condolences.
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October 14, 2007 - 07:07 PM
Julia Scherer

  The musical world has definitely lost one of its brightest lights - whether teaching, composing, conducting, playing or being a dear friend, Dick was one of the most delightful people I've ever known and it was indeed a privilege to have worked with him.

It seems like yesterday that we were doing Joyful Sounds at CTS, Revelation, and my most fond memory - "Starting Here, Starting Now" with Ann and Ron - Dick could make long rehearsals productive and fun and the products were amazing! I'll never forget him. He will sorely be missed!
God Speed, Dick!
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October 13, 2007 - 11:38 AM
Katy Gentry

  My first show at B&B was "The Sound of Music" back in the early 90's. I was only ten at the time and my favorite place to hang out with the old, band room upstairs. Dick and Ernie would have candy and cherry cokes (with extra cherries at the bottom) for me at intermission! :) He was talented and one of the sweetest men I have ever met. Many blessings and much love to his family.
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October 12, 2007 - 06:54 PM
Chuck Goad

  Wonderful man who will be missed.
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October 12, 2007 - 06:21 PM
Don Farrell
dfarrell@actorstheatreofindiana.org http://www.actorstheatreofindiana.org

  When Terry Woods handed me the obituary that ran in the Indy Star my breath was actually taken away from me when I heard of Dick's passing. I am grateful to have had the honor of working with him twice. Once in B & B's Christmas Show in 1995 and then in Forever Plaid at B&B in 1996. He was not only an amazingly talented pianist /musician / music director, he was also a giving, kind and passionate human being. When my wife Judy Fitzgerald and I married here in Indianapolis back 10 years ago last month on September 6, 1997, Dick offered to play cocktail music for us before our rehearsal dinner at, what was at the time, the Radisson Hotel at Keystone at the Crossing. He added such class to our special evening and will truly be missed. I know that those of us who knew him well will always keep him alive in our hearts, our thoughts, and our fond memories. Love to Sean and all of his vastly extended family. May God bless you Dick.
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October 11, 2007 - 08:40 PM
Joe Fischer

  Dick was such a fun guy to be around when I taught mathematics at North Central and was (luckily) consigned to the music wing for a couple of years as there was severe over-crowding at the school. Every day he brightened my day with his wit. Since I live in California now I wasn't aware that Dick had left us until this evening when my sister learned of his passing in the program at Beef and Boards and called me to tell me the sad news. Thanks, Dick, for adding beauty to this earth. Joe
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October 11, 2007 - 10:26 AM
Loretta Yoder/Kyle Latshaw

  Though we are unable to be present for Dick’s memorial, we do remember. And our thoughts are with Sean and all those close to this remarkable and talented man. He influenced so many at a time of great musical richness on the Indy scene. The echos remain -- the beat goes on! He will be remembered fondly.
PS from Kyle
I don’t remember exactly when we met, but an early memory was when he was doing “Sound of Music” at CTS at the same time as “Curley McDimple” at the Avondale. I covered a rehearsal for him at CTS while he got Curley up and running, and then I went to the Avondale to play that show. Both were some of my first experiences with “leading from behind” and conducting by hearing rather than seeing. Thank you, thank you. Little did I know at the time how well that would stand me.
As our paths crossed and he left town, I remained -- picking up some of his old gigs. As the years went by I wound up at Beef & Boards and Dick was in Florida. I heard he wanted to come back to Indy and I wanted to move on to something else. A phone call later and he was on his way to a triumphant return and a long committment and friendship with the men at Beef & Boards, and later, meeting Sean.
In a stranger turn of events, Loretta, Dick and later Doug all had the bypass surgeries and all compared notes. Funny how one thing brings us together and then another, stronger lifechanging event furthers that bond...
Tne music world and all your friends will miss you, but you’ve left us with great memories...
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October 06, 2007 - 06:34 PM
Marti Dowman

  I was fortunate to meet Dick around 1974 and some of my best memories are of the shows we worked together and listening to that incredibly infectious laugh. I am grateful for the confidence he gave me in my vocal ability and the amazing friends I made through knowing him.

Dick and I shared possibly the worst trip of either of our lives sometime in the late 70's. We set off from Naples, FL to drive straight through to Indiana in an ancient Vega station wagon with a "stolen" cat in tow (another story for another time). The Siamese (yes, Dick introduced me to the breed), usually an amiable creature, voiced his displeasure with the trip loudly and constantly the entire way to Lake Lemon. We broke down somewhere in Kentucky and the nightmare extended to about 30 hours of sheer auditory hell.

Dick, being the loving soul, forgave (although I'm sure never forgot) the wild ride I put him through. The friendship endured although I notice he never sought another cross country haul with me.

I left the business years ago and contact became only intermittant but I know my life has been fuller and richer thanks to Dick. Good friend, tremendous mentor, beautiful soul and wickedly fun sense of humor.
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