Elder High School presented the 2017 Altiora Award to Terry McLaughlin '66 (pictured 4th from right surrounded by his family) during the Honors Banquet on October 15, 2017. The award is presented to a person or persons who exemplifies in his or her public and private life the pursuit of Altiora, "the Higher Things." It is the highest award presented by the school.
Below is the introduction of Terry as presented by Elder's campus minister, Roger Auer:
I first met Terry twelve years ago at the initial meeting of the Elder Spiritual Boosters. Tom Aug '67, the founder, gathered together some of his closest buddies to be part of the group and Terry was one of them. He has been with the group ever since.
I soon became aware that Terry has been involved in everything Elder. He was the captain of the 1965 football team; member of the track team, student council, annual staff; and involved in the variety show. So yes he can even dance.
After graduating from the University of Dayton, Terry married his lovely wife Lisa and they had three children together -- Mitch '94, Casey '97, and Molly.
After starting his own manufacturing representative company, he joined the Elder Businessmen's Association to help spread his expertise with other Elder alumni.
Over the years, Terry has been a member of the alumni board, Elder's advisory board, and he is a regular Elder football season ticket holder.
Terry is an active member of Our Lady of Visitation parish, and our development director, Tom Reiring, informed me that there has not been a fundraising campaign at Elder that Terry hasn’t been involved in.
In 2006, Terry and Lisa experienced an event the very thought of which would terrify any parent: the totally unexpected death of their eldest son Mitch. Terry has volunteered to share the story of his tremendous loss with members of Elder’s freshman class and their dads over the last three years. Can you imagine the courage it takes to share that story every semester? An event that could embitter some men, has transformed a very good man into a great man. As hard as it is to share, he does it to improve the relationship between every incoming freshman and his dad.
Thank you Terry for using your life to help us better define the word Altiora, "the Higher Things."