Guide to the Oral history interview with David T. McLaughlin, 1996 Nov. 8 - 1997 Dec. 10Manuscript DOH-41


David T. McLaughlin was born on March 16, 1932, in Grand Rapids, Mich., and graduated from East Grand Rapids High School. He received the B.A. degree from Dartmouth in 1954 and the MBA in 1955 from Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business.As an undergraduate, Mr. McLaughlin excelled in academics, service activities and athletics. His academic accomplishments won him membership in Phi Beta Kappa, and he was President of his class as a junior, President of the Undergraduate Council, a member of both the Green Key service society and Casque and Gauntlet, a senior honor society, and an Air Force ROTC cadet. As his class neared graduation, it awarded him the Barrett Cup. As a wide receiver on the Dartmouth football teams of 1951, '52 and '53, he set several records that stood for more than 20 years. Upon graduation from Dartmouth, he earned the MBA degree at the Tuck School. After graduating from Tuck, he served in the U.S. Air Force as a jet pilot for two years.Following his military service, Mr. McLaughlin joined Champion Paper, Inc., where he worked for 13 years. He then joined the Toro Company as President and Chief Operating Officer in 1970, and two years later assumed the additional responsibility of Chief Executive Officer. In 1977, he was elected Chairman of the Board of Toro, also retaining the role of CEO.Throughout his business career, Mr. McLaughlin maintained a deep interest in education and served Dartmouth steadily in a variety of alumni volunteer capacities. He was elected to the Dartmouth Board of Trustees in 1971 and became its Chairman in 1977, continuing in that role until 1981. The board announced on Feb. 23, 1981, that it had elected Mr. McLaughlin the 14th President of Dartmouth. He retired from the presidency in 1987. Mr. McLaughlin then 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.From 1990-94 he also served on the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Higher Education Commission, the Dunwoody Institute, George Williams College, the Better Business Bureau of Greater Minneapolis, Inc., the Freshwater Biological Institute Foundation, Kimball Union Academy, the Federal City Council and the Business-Higher Education Forum. During the same period he chaired the Tuck School Board of Overseers, was an Incorporator of the New Hampshire Charitable Fund, and served in volunteer capacities with Washington College, Stanford Research Council, the Washington Strategy Seminar, the National Chamber of Commerce and the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts.At various times between 1976 and 2002 Mr. McLaughlin served on the boards of ARCO, ARCO Chemical Company, Horizon Banks, Inc. Holding Company, Chase Manhattan Bank, Chase Manhattan Corp., Dayton Hudson Corporation, First National Bank of Minneapolis, Economics Laboratory Inc., Hamilton Allied Corporation, Meredith Corporation, PartnerRe, Atlas Air, Inc. and Infinity Broadcasting.David McLaughlin died on August 25, 2004.

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