Dr. Julie L. Randall McLaughlin, Ph.D., 53, Brazil, passed away at 4:10 p.m., Monday, March 15, 2010, at Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis.
She was born June 22, 1956, in Cincinnati, Ohio, as the daughter of Rev. Edward and Barbara Tyler Randall.
She was Curriculum Coordinator of Math and Science for the Vigo County School Corporation from 2008-2010. She had dedicated the past 30 years of her life to education. She taught English and French at Angleton High School in Angleton, Texas, from 1983-1991, taught French at Terre Haute South High School from 1991-92, and moved to North Vigo High School in 1992 to teach English and Journalism until 2000 when she was appointed Assistant Principal at North. She served in that position until 2008 when she moved to the VCSC Administration office in her current position.
At North High School, Dr. McLaughlin served as the sponsor for the AdvancED team, the Polaris Yearbook, Continental Crier, National Honor Society and many academic teams. She was a member of Phi Delta Kappa International, National Council of Teachers of English, Indiana Association of Secondary Principals, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, International Reading Association, Indiana Association of School Principals and the Vigo County Education Foundation.
Dr. McLaughlin received her B.S. in English and Journalism Education from Indiana University. She also held an M.A. in English Specialization, and M.Ed. in School Administration and Supervision, and Ed.S. Educational Specialist, and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, all from Indiana State University.
She was a graduate of Brazil High School. While in high school and college, she was a sports writer for The Brazil Times, and received the National "Big Inch" Award in Journalism for her volume of work published.
She was a member of the Board of Trustees at the First Baptist Church of Terre Haute. She was also an accomplished musician on flute and piano, and had performed in many area churches as a pianist and vocal soloist.
She was preceded in death by her father Rev. Edward Randall in 2009.
She is survived by her mother, Barbara Randall, Terre Haute, sister Susan Sneddon (T.J.), Brazil, and a brother Philip Randall (Margaret), Bloomington. She is also survived by her nephew Richard (Sheri) Swearingen, Brazil, niece Katie Randall, Connecticut, and great-nephews and nieces, Ashley, Richard Ashton, Chris and David Swearingen, and Tamera and Cody Swearingen, all of Brazil. Also surviving are her aunts Joan Zumwalt, Jacksonville, Ark., Hope Jacobs, Jeffersonville, Ind., and many caring friends at Terre Haute North High School and the Vigo County School Corporation.
Services will be held Saturday, March 20, at 11 a.m., at the First Baptist Church of Terre Haute, with Rev. Bernie Jackson and Rev. Steve Newman officiating. Visitation at the church will be 5-8 p.m., Friday, and 10 a.m. until time of services on Saturday. Moore Funeral Home was chosen to provide services. Pallbearers will be Mick Newport, Brian Mancuso, Rick Swearingen, Rev. Brent Meyer, Philip Randall, Richard Ashton Swearingen, Chris Swearingen and David Swearingen.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Terre Haute, 4701 Poplar St. Terre Haute, IN 47802, or to the Dr. Julie McLaughlin Scholarship Fund, Vigo County Education Foundation, c/o Jennifer Thomas, 696 Wabash Ave. PO Box 3703, Terre Haute, IN 47803.
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