July 1, 1930 - March 22, 2017
Norman C. McLaughlin, a longtime Catholic education administrator and social justice activist in Western New York, died Wednesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 86.
Mr. McLaughlin, who lived in Williamsville, was a longtime educator and advocate of peace and justice causes.
Born in Groveland, Livingston County, he grew up in Buffalo's Lovejoy neighborhood and graduated from Visitation Catholic School, the Little Seminary and Niagara Major Seminary before he was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1954. During his religious career, he served in Holy Name, St. Francis de Sales and St. Bartholomew's parishes.
For 12 years, Mr. McLaughlin was assistant superintendent of schools in the Buffalo Diocese.
He earned a bachelor's degree from Niagara University, bachelor of sacred music degree from Manhattanville College, master's degree in education from Canisius College and a doctoral degree from the Catholic University of America.
After resigning from the priesthood, he married Gloria Tachok, and served as assistant superintendent of the Genesee Wyoming Board of Cooperative Educational Services. While living in Batavia, he served as board president of Hospice of Genesee County, and wrote the certificate of need to obtain the organization's state license. He also won a Humanitarian of the Year award, along with his wife, Gloria, who survives.
Throughout his life he fought for for various causes, serving on the Social Justice Committee of the St. Joseph University Parish and subcommittees on gun violence, the environment and racial justice. He also was a supporter of organizations including Doctors Without Borders, Covenant House, Public Citizen, National Catholic Reporter and Bread for the World.
He enjoyed theater, music, gardening and golf, and was an avid reader of science, scripture, history and politics.
Survivors also include nieces and nephews.
Services were held Saturday.