Ian E McLaughlin – Nov 21, 1915 – Apr 21, 2006
Ian E McLaughlin, one of the early members of our assembly (having joined in the late 1970s) participated in the battlefields in WWII as a lieutenant in the Army Air Corps—leading one of the first anti-air-craft computer-guided mobile gun units. He then served as an officer in the United States Air Force Reserves, achieving the rank of colonel. But one of his most cherished accomplishments in life was becoming an Eagle Scout as a teenager.
His avid passions were curling, snow skiing, golf, and magic. Curling was a carryover from his Canadian heritage in which he competed as a youth; snow skiing was the family winter vacation enjoyed over the decades; golf was a sport he continued in his senior years; but it was magic that captured his passion.
Ian performed internationally to the delight of young and old alike. Serious in his magic endeavors, he was an active member of the SAM for over four decades. He gave very polished magical presentations whenever he performed at our assembly meetings.