In the spring of 1967, Dave McLaughlin was hired as one of the first full-time faculty members at Ohlone College. As a Pioneer Faculty member, he was involved in preparing for the college opening for classes in September 1967. He helped build the curriculum and programs, particularly in the area of art, at the temporary Serra Campus on Washington Boulevard in Fremont, and was involved in preparing the college to move to the permanent campus on Mission Boulevard in 1974. Dave retired in 1999, after 25 years of dedicated, distinguished and accomplished service. Upon retirement, he was granted Emeritus status.
Dave played a leading role in establishing and maintaining the quality of the offerings in the Art Department. He developed and taught courses for students in the areas of Art History with a full embrace of intercultural perspectives.
Dave developed and taught courses for students in the areas of painting, watercolor, and other studio media offerings at a highly professional and artistic level.
Dave was instrumental in the establishment of an Art Gallery on the Ohlone College campus, serving as Art Gallery Curator for several years. He assisted in the development of the Louie-Meager Gallery in the Smith Center for the Fine and Performing Arts.
Dave served as head of the Art Department beginning in 1979. He participated as a valued member and chaired several college committees, including the Curriculum and Program Approval Committee. He participated in statewide grant programs to support the Art Gallery and Young Artist’s Mentor Program.
Dave was a strong advocate for the community college mission. He cared deeply about his students and colleagues. In addition to his many academic contributions to the college, he is remembered for the continual warmth, compassion and nurturing he offered to students, faculty and staff.