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James Emmet Laughlin 1931 - 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016   (0 Comments)
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LAUGHLIN, Jim James Emmet Laughlin, passed away surrounded by loved ones in Austin on August 20, 2016. Jim was born November 14, 1931, in Mexia, Texas to Alfred James and Fern Day Laughlin. He spent the majority of his childhood in Edinburg, TX where he played football, was class president and graduated as valedictorian from Edinburg High School. Jim and his wife Ann met as the result of a double date in the summer of 1950 and were married August 22, 1953. He graduated from the Univer-sity of Texas at Austin in 1954 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. In 1961 he received an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana. In 1954 he joined Chicago Bridge & Iron Company. He took a 3 year leave to serve as an engineering officer in the U.S. Army. During his time with Chicago Bridge and Iron, he and Ann traveled from place to place on various job sights. In these early years of their marriage, they lived in 18 different cities before they settled in Richardson, TX in 1961. In Dallas, Jim worked at Forrest & Cotton and then became a partner in Shimek, Jacobs & Finklea. He also enjoyed teaching as an adjunct professor at SMU and served as a water quality consultant to the Ford Foundation. In 1995 Ann and Jim moved to Kerrville where Jim worked as a consultant on various engineering projects and handled cases for the American Arbitration Association. He was a member of: American Society of Civil Engineers (Past Dallas President & Texas Director),Texas Society of Professional Engineers (Past Dallas President, Dallas Engineer of the Year, 1993), Water Environment Association of Texas (Past President), Water Environment Federation (Past National Director), American Academy of Environmental Engineers (Diplomate), and Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution. Jim's Christian faith was a priority in his life and was something he passed on to his children. He filled various leadership roles in the church, including serving as an elder at First Presbyterian Churches in Richardson, Dallas and Kerrville; serving as a Stephen Minister Leader in Kerrville; and being active members of the Dan Foster class at First Presbyterian Dallas with Ann. Through the years the family enjoyed church trips to Ghost Ranch in Santa Fe and Mo Ranch in Kerrville, with Mo Ranch holding special memories for Jim because he worked summers there in his early 20's. He served as President of Kerrville's Riverside Nature Center where he and Ann enjoyed volunteering together. Their home in Kerrville was always open to family, friends and even friends of friends. It was a favorite get away for all who came. Jim was a loving husband, father and friend. His children had great fun with him and Ann on evenings spent cooking together and dancing and marching to music in the living room. He enjoyed times of fellowship with friends in Sunday School and supper club. He and Ann explored several parts of the world on trips with friends. Many adventures were had on countless hunting and fishing trips through the years. Jim was preceded in death by his parents Alfred and Fern Laughlin and his wife Ann Laughlin. He is survived by his children Brad Laughlin (Aimee) Austin, TX, Lynn Lish (Mike) Prosper, TX and Dana Lochner (John) Lake Elmo, MN; 7 grandchildren: Taylor Wilson, James Laughlin, Katie Telschow, Kim Dierks, Bobby Lish, Emily Diggs and Lydia Eikevik; 6 great grandchildren: Evan, Clara and Philip Telschow, Charlotte Minicucci and Camille Wilson, and Evelyn Dierks. A celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 am on August 24th at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church. A reception will follow at the church. To honor his memory, in lieu of flowers, the family suggests that remembrances be made in his name to Schreiner University, 2100 Memorial Blvd, Kerrville, TX 78028. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dallasmorningnews/obituary.aspx?pid=181143910#sthash.ckdujitA.dpuf

 

 

Published in Dallas Morning News on Aug. 22, 2016


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