Roland Rusk McLaughlin

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Roland Rusk McLaughlin

Roland R. McLaughlin
Portrait of Roland R. McLaughlin

In office

Preceded by
Succeeded by

Born 1901
Died 1973
Nationality Canadian
Discipline Chemical Engineering
Fields Chemical Engineering
Education B.A.Sc., 1922
Ph.D., 1926
Alma mater University of Toronto

Roland Rusk McLaughlin (1901-1973) was a chemical engineer, Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering (from 1946-1960) and the sixth Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (from 1954-1966).

Early Life and Education[edit | edit source]

Roland Rusk McLaughlin was born on March 16, 1901 to John James and Maude McLaughlin.[1] He graduated from Chemical Engineering at the School of Practical Science in 1922, and obtained a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1926. He married Marjorie Jean McLay on September 16, 1925.

He was appointed as a lecturer in 1930 at the Faculty, and assistant professor in 1931, one of the earliest to hold a Ph.D at the School.[2]

Dean of Engineering[edit | edit source]

McLaughlin was appointed Dean in 1954, following the retirement of K.F. Tupper. He had developed a strong reputation as the Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering, and had been a productive researcher at the Faculty for well over 20 years.[3] His appointment continued a trend towards a research focus at the Faculty beginning in the interwar years.[2]

McLaughlin retired after 12 years as Dean, in 1966. After retirement he briefly served on the University's planning committee.[4]

Honours and Awards[edit | edit source]

  • Honourary Doctor of Science, University of Windsor (1961)[5]

References[edit | edit source]

  2. 2.0 2.1 Richard White, The Skule Story, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2000).
  3. Martin L. Friedland, The University of Toronto: A History, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002).
  4. Robin S. Harris & Ian Montagnes, eds., Cold Iron and Lady Godiva: Engineering Education at Toronto 1920-1972, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1972).