Pat Brown, dean of educational outreach, contributes to a scholarship fund in honor of the late Malcolm J. Loughlin.
At Western’s summer commencement 2005, Malcolm Loughlin won awards for contributions to the university’s international programs. He was joined at the ceremony by his wife, Anne, and his daughter Katie.
The way Loughlin picked up discarded books to send to schools in Jamaica or went out of his way to help a student with a visa issue still inspires people such as Pat Brown, dean of educational outreach.
To honor him, Brown chose to participate in The Campaign for Western through supporting the Malcolm J. Loughlin Scholarship Fund.
Brown had the chance to tell the veteran teacher, coach and administrator about the plan to name a scholarship for a high-achieving adult student after him a few weeks before he lost his battle with cancer.
“He was quite taken,” Brown said. “He cried and said, ‘You know, you don’t have to name it after me.’ I said, ‘It’s important we have a way of continuing to recognize you and the contributions you’ve made. This will be an ongoing legacy to the contributions you made to the university and all the things you stand for.’”
Loughlin, who earned his master’s degree in education from WCU, helped implement collaborative programs between Western and University of Wales at Glamorgan, the University of Galway in Ireland and the nation of Jamaica. He often said how proud he was that Western trained thousands of teachers in Jamaica, where he had worked during the early part of his teaching career.
“He was very much an advocate for continuing education, especially for teachers and students in Jamaica,” Brown said.
From 1979 to 1981, Loughlin coached Western’s men’s soccer and swimming teams, and worked with The Cullowhee Experience – a summer program for gifted and talented students. During the five years he worked at a school in Scotland, he returned to Western to direct the summer program. He came back to the university permanently in 1986 to teach and advise. Through the years, he served as an associate director, interim dean, acting dean and associate dean.
“He had a positive attitude about everything – the kind of person just everybody loved,” Brown said. “He left quite a legacy here at this campus.”
The scholarship that memorializes him benefits an adult student who is a junior worthy of induction into Alpha Sigma Lambda national honor society, which requires a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher, and who demonstrates attributes consistent with Loughlin’s.
The first recipient was Cindy Lovelace, who previously was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Lovelace became a distance education student at Western to earn a bachelor’s degree. She wants to be a teacher.
This year, with additional contributions to the fund that were requested in lieu of flowers, the scholarship winner will receive $1,000.
“We’d love to be able to do more for students who benefit from this scholarship, who often are juggling multiple priorities such as caring for children, older family members and working full-time as they try to advance their careers,” Brown said “If you want to participate in The Campaign for Western, contributing to the Malcolm J. Loughlin Scholarship would be a wonderful way.”