The Duncan Banner
Homer Charles McLaughlin Jr. passed away at noon Feb. 1, 2014.
He was born Aug. 2, 1927, in Duncan, to Homer Charles McLaughlin and Maurine Kendrick McLaughlin. Charles attended Duncan schools until he went to Oklahoma Military Academy in Claremore, in the ninth grade for high school and junior college, graduating in 1945. He attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, and earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees with a major in organic chemistry.
Charles served in the Army after he graduated, and after his term, he started work in the Research Lab at Halliburton. After retiring from Halliburton as a Senior Research Chemist, he attended Cameron University in Lawton, and received a Bachelor of Science with a major in business. For several years, he had a private practice as a licensed CPA, doing taxes and audits.
Charles continued in the Army Reserve, reaching the rank of colonel and retired in 1987. His many professional affiliations included member of the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants, American Chemical Society, American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers, and Santa Fe Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars.
Charles was on the board of Santa Fe Pro Musica for more than five years. He and Johnanna were patrons of the Santa Fe Opera for more than 25 years. They were members of the Church of the Holy Faith, where Charles served as Treasurer and Senior Warden.
He and his wife Johnanna bought a summer home in Santa Fe, N.M., after Charles’ retirement and eventually moved there full time. Charles loved music, especially opera, astronomy, and chess. He spent most of his life playing chess, and he taught it to high school students in Duncan.
Charles is survived by his wife, Johnanna Jones McLaughlin of Santa Fe; and daughter, Melody Maurine McLaughlin of Richardson, Texas.
Memorial service is planned for April or May in Duncan. More information will be available at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, 825 NE 13th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73104-9930.