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Woodbury, Connecticut

Claire D. and James F. McLaughlin Scholarship

Established 2010

By their Seven Children

Mrs. McLaughlin was raised in Saugus, Massachusetts. Upon graduation from high school, she entered the nursing program of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy at Carney Hospital in Dorchester, New England’s first Catholic hospital. The skills she learned, the values she developed and lifelong friendships she made while becoming a young nurse were a very formative part of her life. She met her future husband James, a native of Winchester, and a graduate of Winchester High School. The couple was married at St. Joseph Parish in Medford in 1952.

In 1961, the family moved to Woodbury, Connecticut. Mr. McLaughlin had accepted a position with Wesson, Inc. in Waterbury and would play an important role in the significant growth and success of their service station, and later convenience store, business until his retirement. Mr. McLaughlin lived in Woodbury with his beloved wife until his death in March 2003. Mr. McLaughlin was active in Woodbury Little League Baseball and with Boy Scout Troop 54.

Mrs. McLaughlin devoted herself to raising their seven children and would live in Woodbury for the next forty-four years. She was very active in her church, St. Teresa of Avila, including serving as president of the ladies guild. Mrs. McLaughlin was also a scout leader with both her sons and daughters, helping them to develop an appreciation for the outdoors and community service. While raising her seven children, she continued to serve in her nursing profession, including at the Taft School and in private duty where she provided attentive, compassionate care for youthful and elderly patients alike. Mrs. McLaughlin would join her husband in eternal rest in 2010, buried by his side in the Old North Cemetery.

Both Mr. and Mrs. McLaughlin imparted a love of learning to their children with an emphasis on academic achievement. They were very proud that their children graduated from Woodbury schools. Their children would pursue a wide range of post-secondary studies. All would earn college degrees, with several graduate degrees in business administration, law and public affairs.

To honor the memory of their parents and to support and encourage post-secondary academic achievement for deserving, motivated students in the Town of Woodbury, the McLaughlin children thank the Woodbury Scholarship Fund for the privilege of being part of this wonderful community organization.

If you would like to learn more about Woodbury Scholarship Fund Dollars for Scholars®, contact us at or by mail at P.O. Box 716, Woodbury, CT  06798.