Message from the President
April 15, 2015
Dear LMU Community:
It is with sadness that I inform you of the death of Gerry McLaughlin, a former professor and dean of Loyola Law School. Gerry, who was 73 years old, passed away April 12 after a long illness.
Gerry served as dean of Loyola Law School from 1991 to 1999. Leaving an academic legacy of service and substance, Gerry ushered in the 40-hour pro bono requirement for students and the joint JD-MBA degree. He was integral to the founding of the Cancer Legal Resource Center, which earned him the prestigious Cancer Vanguard Award in 2013. And he led the Law School during a time of growth of the campus.
His mark on the institution extended beyond his tenure as its leader. In 2000, Gerry published “Loyola Law School: A Sense of Purpose and a Sense of Mission,” a comprehensive history of the school.
There will be a memorial reception Thursday, April 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Vittorio Ristorante, 16646 Marquez Avenue, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, April 17, at noon at St. Monica’s Catholic Church, 725 California Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403. A graveside ceremony and interment will follow at approximately 2 p.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery, 5835 W. Slauson Avenue, Culver City, CA 90230.
Gerry was a valued member of our community who will be greatly missed by those who knew him. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
David W. Burcham