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McLaughlin Cluster named

President Wright announces plans at Convocation

President James Wright announced on Sept. 21 that a new residential complex for the north end of campus will be named in honor of the late David T. McLaughlin, President of Dartmouth from 1981 to 1987.

Wright made the announcement during his address at Dartmouth's 2004 Convocation ceremonies, welcoming the first-year undergraduate class and officially opening the College's 235th year.

"I am pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees has decided to name the new Maynard Street residential complex the David T. McLaughlin Cluster in his honor," Wright said. He said that it was due to McLaughlin's stewardship that the College acquired the property on which ground will be broken for the residence halls.

The McLaughlin Residential Cluster will be a key addition to Dartmouth's resources, reinforcing its character as a residential college.  To be located on the corner of North College and Maynard Streets, just south of Gilman Hall and Dartmouth Medical School, the cluster is expected to accommodate 342 undergraduates. Dartmouth plans to open the residence halls during the fall of 2006.

The cluster is one of several facilities projects that the College will undertake in the next year.  In addition to beginning construction on these residence halls, Dartmouth plans to break ground for two residence halls on Tuck Mall in the spring of 2005.  The McLaughlin and Tuck Mall projects will enable the College to offer greater residential continuity for all students - an important student life priority.  Dartmouth continues planning for additional dining space as well as an expansion of arts facilities.  The College will also break ground shortly for Kemeny Hall (a new home for the Math Department) and the Haldeman Center (which will house the Dickey Center for International Understanding, the Leslie Center and the Dartmouth Ethics Institute). The College also continues to examine how to address its needs in the life sciences.

McLaughlin, the 14th President of Dartmouth, died Aug. 25 during a fishing trip in Alaska. (Complete obituary for David T. McLaughlin, 14th President of Dartmouth.)  The College has scheduled a memorial service for him Oct. 4 in Rollins Chapel on campus.

A 1954 graduate of Dartmouth and a 1955 graduate of Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business, McLaughlin achieved prominence in both the corporate and non-profit worlds. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Toro Company, and also Chairman of the Board of Trustees, when the Trustees asked him to accept the position of President of Dartmouth following a nationwide search.  During his tenure in that position, he carried out an ambitious agenda for the College, helping keep it in the forefront of liberal education. His contributions included leadership of the construction or enhancement of a range of Dartmouth facilities. After leaving the presidency, he divided his time between the nonprofit and corporate sectors, including service as Chairman of The Aspen Institute from 1987 to 1988, then as President and Chief Executive Officer of the institute until 1997; and a three-year term as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the American Red Cross, which he completed just two months before his death.

By ROLAND ADAMS

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Last Updated: 12/17/08