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In Memory


September 17, 2007 - 04:49 PM
Bob & Julie Terry

  I will always have fond memories of Dick Laughlin. He made me call him Dick and not Mr. Laughlin. He was a major influence on me through my music years at North Central('72), but he also played a major role in my personal life. I received a phone call from him one day as he was in a pinch for a drummer - I think this was probably in 1973 or 1974 - I was available to help, but he must of been terrified. I was rock drummer and he was doing a musical tour...anyway, as it turned out, Dick introduced me to Julie Edwards who was singing in the chorus. We were married in 1975 and Dick was our music director for the wedding. Although we had lost touch over the years, Julie and I will remember him fondly - and the fun times that we shared with him during those years.
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September 13, 2007 - 12:23 PM
Brad Romine

  My best and fondest memories from North Central High School were the hours I spent in room M174 for Music Men. Mr. Laughlin was a tremendous teach and talent and we will never forget him. He made a huge impact on my life.
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September 12, 2007 - 05:57 PM
Mary Powers Hunley

  What a fantastic teacher Mr Laughlin as we knew him in 1972 at North Central in the Debtones. His funny arraingements he would share with us. We had such a good time in his class. Now he will be singing and playing his funny songs in heaven.

Thanks for the memories.
Mary Powers Hunley Class of 72
North Central High School
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September 12, 2007 - 04:19 PM

  Wow, what an extraordinary man. My family hails from Terre Haute area, I went to North Central High School, graduated in 1971. Attended performances at Beef & Boards, CTS, IRP and how lives cross with out knowing. Without knowing he made my life experiences at these venues wonderful. I am so sorry for his Partner's loss and his Family's loss. I guess there will be more beautiful music on the other side of those Gates. God Bless
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September 12, 2007 - 04:03 PM
Gregg Jackson

  I sang with Dick's Music Men at North Central in 1967. One little episode has stayed with me because it so typified his attitude toward his students and, apparently, everyone he came in contact with. Dick came into class and as he did so often, passed out one of his terrific new arrangements. We read it through and really liked it. Unfortunately, after thinking it over for a minute, he told us we weren't going to do it. Why not? "Because it sounds like a piano solo with vocal accompaniment." No matter how terrific the music, if it didn't show off his singers, he wasn't going to do it.

Thanks for the music, Dick. Be seeing you.
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September 12, 2007 - 03:54 PM
Kevin Sandorf

  Best part of North Central High School for me in 1973? Choir in Room M174 with a teacher by the name of Richard Laughlin...he didn't need any teaching method class in college...teaching was a given talent to him. I hope I am half the inspiration to my students at Howe Academy that he was for me at NCHS.
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September 12, 2007 - 10:19 AM
Karen Sargent Lang

  I remember Dick with fond memories. He was a very special friend when we were students in the Odon-Madison Schools. We also took piano lessons from the same teacher and played duets in recitals. I had gotten to see him from time to time in the past few years when he was at the Beef and Boards to renew old friendships. I have always marveled at his talent and accomplishments and feel my life was a little richer because of knowing him. The world is going to miss him and we thank him for the things that he left behind for us to enjoy.
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September 09, 2007 - 03:26 PM
Tom Bozell

  I first met Dick in the early 60's. I was a high school student in Terre Haute who loved movies, muscials and show tunes. I didn't have a lot in common with most of my fellow Hoosiers. Dick had returned to Indiana State on a fellowship to get his masters degree. To suplement his fellowship income he became the choir director at Montrose Methodist Church where my parents and sister sang in the choir. They fell in love with him and the family sort of adopted him. Dick loved movies, musicals and show tunes---and we hit it off immediately. He was the first person I ever knew with whom I could talk about the things I loved in life.

I passed out during football practice one very hot afternoon, decided that perhaps football was not my forte and auditioned for a production of Li'l Abner at the local community theater. I got a chorus role and, lo and behold, our new family friend was also in the chorus. That's when we became close and Auntie Mame opened my eyes to worlds I never new existed.

Dick was a profound influence in my life. We had great and not so great times but never, for a moment, did I not value the times we had together. Contact between us waned after I moved to Chicago and subsequently New York. But when we did get together if was sort of like putting on a great, comfortable old coat and for a few hours you could go home again. As anyone reading this knows, Dick had a remarkable spirit and I hope that we are all lucky enough to have some semblance of that spirt live on in all of us.
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September 09, 2007 - 05:36 AM
Paul Palombi

  I met Dick in 1969 when he lived in Broad Ripple.He shared many things with me the most memorable were my first Blood Sweat And Tears concert,Siamese cats and the Keenan compound at Lake Lemon. His cabin was just down the road from mine and I could hear him play and compose. He would come down the road to my place for some Italian food and a chat on the deck.

Rest in Peace my friend
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September 08, 2007 - 01:33 PM
Wayne Fischer

  I had the pleasure of meeting Dick in 1965 while in college. We shared a life together for about one year while residing in Broad Ripple.

If I only had one thought to express about Dick it would be about his ability to light up a room with his personality. The passion he had for music gave life to so many social gatherings. Memories of events with the Keenan family will always be alive in my heart. Were it not for Dick, I would never have had the opportunity to know them. I shall be forever grateful to Dick for guiding me through a very formative time in my life.

So, Dick, in saying good bye, I would also like to say, thank you for your influence in my life. You touched many lives while you were on this earth. I know you are up there right now playing the piano and telling funny stories. You will always be remembered for the joy you brought to so many people. Thank you so much.
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