David Attwood McLaughlin

David Attwood McLaughlin

Died May 8, 2010

David followed in the footsteps of his father, Richard A. McLaughlin, Y’30, while majoring in art and residing in Silliman. He graduated from Tabor Academy, Marion, MA in 1960, where he was editor of the Tabor Log, and captain of the sailing team; he graduated with honors. The following year, he attended Eastbourne College in England on an English Speaking Union Scholarship, then joined the Yale Class of 1965. At Yale David was a member of The Dramat and the Sailing Club.

He moved to Liberty, ME in 1971 and was known there for years as the Rigger. David could move, fix or weld anything and was known far and wide for his capacity to perform any technical feat, the more challenging the better. David was a virtual encyclopedia of knowledge, aesthetics and good sense when it came to understanding the process of making anything, from solid lasting foundations to simple and exquisite details of finish.

He is remembered as a generous resource on many levels, from welding broken snow plows and axles, to fixing the spillway of Lake St. George for the Town of Liberty, to participating in the design of the Tower Gate at the new Penobscot Narrows Bridge.

David Attwood McLaughlin passed away unexpectedly on May 7, 2010.