12 Jul 2011

Catholic High Mourns the Loss of Hall of Famer D.C. McLaughlin Jr. ’33

Catholic High lost a special friend and Hall of Fame member with the passing of D.C. McLaughlin Jr. í´33 on Monday, July 11, 2011. 

D.C. truly lived his motto: íÍCharity begins at home.íñ  From providing and caring for his family in times of need to his unselfish and dedicated service to Catholic High. He served CHS, his community and church parishes as treasurer of the CHS Mení´s Club and as founder and charter member of the CYO and the Catholic Boys Club of Baton Rouge. 

In 1998, D.C. was installed in the Catholic High School Hall of Fame for his leadership, service, character, heroism, dedication and patriotism. Members of the Hall of Fame are inspirations to the students of Catholic High School.

íÍIf I had to portray D.C. McLaughlin for you, I would do it with three characteristics: (1) dedication to family; (2) quiet, selfless service to virtually everyone; (3) and, along with the second attribute, a profound inability to say íîno,í´íñ stated Brother Francis David, SC in his remarks during D.C.í´s Hall of Fame induction. 

D.C. was married to Wilma Rabalais for 71 years.  D.C. and Wilma had two sons graduate CHS: Durward in 1964 and Sean in 1975.  Three of their four daughters graduated from St. Josephí´s Academy.

D.C. attended St. Josephí´s Academy, St. Vincentí´s Academy and Catholic High School before graduating from LSU.  He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 39 years.