Guide to the Papers of David T. McLaughlin, 1981 - 2004Manuscript MS-960

Biography

David Thomas McLaughlin was born on March 16, 1932. He graduated from Dartmouth College with an A.B in 1954, and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business in 1955. He joined Dartmouth's Board of Trustees in 1971, becoming its chairman in 1977. In 1981, he was appointed the 14th President of Dartmouth College, an office he held until 1987. After leaving Dartmouth, McLaughlin divided his time between the nonprofit and corporate sectors. He was Chairman of The Aspen Institute from 1987-88, then President and Chief Executive Officer until 1997. In 1988, he also became Chairman and CEO of Orion Safety Products, serving in that capacity until 2001, when he relinquished the role of CEO but continued to serve as chairman until his death. He joined the Board of Trustees of the Center for Excellence in Education in 1997 (chairing that body from 1999-2000). He became a member of the Board of Governors of the American Red Cross in 1998, and served in that capacity until 2001 when President George W. Bush appointed him Chairman of the American Red Cross. He joined the Board of Trustees of Colby-Sawyer College in 2000, and the Board of Directors of After School All Stars in 2004. He also served as a member of the American Bar Association's Ethics 2000 Commission from 1997-2003, and as Chairman of the New Hampshire Governor's Education Funding Commission from 2000-2001. McLaughlin held honorary degrees from Dartmouth, Heidelberg College, Norwich University, Washington College and Monmouth College. He was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Society of Corporate Executives, the Century Association and the Federations Foundation Board. He died on August 25, 2004.

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