Tuesday, October 05, 2004

In Memoriam, David T. McLaughlin

Yesterday, Dartmouth held a memorial service for David T. McLaughlin, who served as its president from 1981 to 1987. I never had the pleasure of meeting him. It was during his administration that the Rockefeller Center was founded, and he was instrumental in supporting it during its early years.

On the program was a poem, adapted from "Remember Me" by David Harkins:

You can shed tears that he is gone

Or you can smile because he lived

You can close your eyes and pray that he'll come back

Or you can open your eyes and see all that he's left

Your heart can be empty because you can't see him

Or you can be full of love you shared

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday

Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday

You can remember him only that he is gone

Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back

Or you can do what he'd want and smile, open your eyes, love and go on

I thought it was a wonderful way to honor someone. Here is a link to The Dartmouth's coverage of the event, which summarizes the many contributions he made to Dartmouth, the American Red Cross, the Aspen Institute, and others.

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