Rear-Admiral Margaret McLaughlin

Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Rear-Admiral Margaret McLaughlin, retired Assistant Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service, died May 16, 2003, at Carol Woods Retirement Community, Chapel Hill, N.C. She was born in Eureka Springs, Ark., in March, 1910, daughter of Homer and Florence McLaughlin. She received a diploma in nursing from Cook County School of Nursing, Chicago, Ill.; a BS from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and an M

A from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City.

She joined the U.S. Public Health Service in 1945, where her chief contributions were in nutrition research studies, consultation in public health programs, administration and education.

She was Regional Nursing Consultant, Region III, that includes North Carolina and Chief Nurse Officer and Assistant Surgeon General from 1966 to 1970. She held leadership roles in many professional organizations and became a fellow in the American Public Health Association. She received USPHS Meritorious Service Medal, was listed in Who's Who in American Women, Who's Who in America and listed in the Blue Book of the English Speaking World. She was a frequent contributor to professional journals.

In retirement, she lived in Charlottesville, Va. for nine years, before moving to Carol Woods as one of the original residents in 1979. She provided counsel in the development and evolution of health care services there. She continued to serve professionally as a community member of various University of North Carolina of Chapel Hill nursing and health committees. She treasured her affiliation with University Presbyterian Church and with Planned Parenthood of Orange and Durham counties of North Carolina.

She is survived by a sister-in-law, Ruth Lavelle McLaughlin, of Springfield, Mo., and by many friends.

A memorial service will be held at Carol Woods on Wednesday, May 24, 2003, arrangements by the Cremation Society of North Carolina. Interment will be in the family cemetery plot in Eureka Springs.