Judith McLaughlin

Judith Ann "Judy" McLaughlin PhD

Wednesday, July 26, 1944 - Monday, April 6, 2020
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July 26, 1944 - April 6, 2020
Goshen, NY

Dr. Judith A. McLaughlin, an area resident most of her life, died after a short illness at Glen Arden in Goshen N.Y. Born in Newburgh to Patrick and Anna McCloy McLaughlin she went to St Patrick’s grammar school. She attended Mount St. Mary Academy and got her BS in teaching from Mount St. Mary College. She received her Doctorate of Education from Columbia University. Judy’s first teaching job was on Long Island. Her love of Newburgh brought her back to the area and she taught at the elementary level at Little Britain School in the Washingtonville District. She later became the Principal of Taft School in Washingtonville.

Judy’s love of and dedication to children’s education often found her at school well before students arrived in the morning and long after they left in the afternoon and even on weekends. She along with the PTO helped create a new playground at Taft School. Many programs were done under Judy’s tutelage. Many teachers were grateful for her mentorship. She touched countless lives and is still fondly remembered by students and their parents. Judy was fiercely independent and a strong feminist who loved what she did and instilled so many positive values in so many people

After retirement Judy was able to spend more time enjoying her second home on Trout Lake in the Adirondacks. She wanted to give back to Newburgh so she became a board member of Hospice and an active volunteer at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh. There she worked on several committees and became a member of the board of directors. She worked hard on housing construction sites and enjoyed the friendship of fellow volunteers, but her greatest thrill was to see a family realize a dream of owning their own home.

Judy was predeceased by her loving parents and her brother Patrick J McLaughlin. She was grateful for her very loving care givers, among them Joanne Rudy, Lindy Rudy Buchalski, and Janet Garaguso as well as others. Judy loved the time spent with them. She leaves behind many dear and cherished friends who were happy to have Judy in their lives.

Due to the coronavirus, services will be private, with a celebration of life at a later date.
In honor of Judy, please read a story to a child. Memorial contributions may be made to Habitat of Greater Newburgh, 125 Washington Street, Newburgh NY 12550.
Arrangements are entrusted to Quigley-Sullivan Funeral Home, Inc.; to send condolences please go to
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    Calvary Cemetery
    304 Walsh Avenue
    NEW WINDSOR, NY 12553
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Due to the coronavirus, services will be private, with a celebration of life at a later date.


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Brian Losurdo

Posted at 11:42am
Known as Dr. J by the extended Losurdo family, you are deeply missed. There are no words, nor enough space, for me to share with the world the impact you had on my life.

Thanks to you, Judy, IALAC.

The O'Connors

Posted at 11:37pm
Judy! Special part of our lives-rescuing Meg's Math papers, putting out bonfires,searching for Guinness & Zebo. Gal with spirit and class . Miss You!
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Bobbi Jo Grausso

Posted at 07:45pm
One of my greatest blessings is that I was fortunate enough to begin my career under the direction of Judy McLaughlin. Judy loved every student that walked through Taft School and she did everything she could to provide them the best education possible. She had very high expectations of her teachers and she always went above and beyond for the sake of the children. I will never forget a conversation at her retirement. As I congratulated her she said to me, " I am so happy to have been here to see you achieve tenure." Judy often wrote notes to me upon reviewing the lessons outlined in my plan book They were always positive and in perfect penmanship. Judy saw something special in me that I certainly did not. Judy shaped me into the teacher I am today, nearly 25 years later. She was a inspirational mentor that will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, Judy.

Mark Barr

Posted at 11:30am
This loss of Judy was very sad for me. I have known her for 20 plus years. I met her thru my sister-in-law and we spent a few summers vacationing in North Carolina. One of my fondest memories of Judy was when we were riding some "bumper boats" and she pushed me into a water fall. We all had our street clothes on. She got a big kick out of it. She had a very contagious smile and enjoy having fun. Judy was certainly a very dedicated and generous woman and she did a lot to help those less fortunate soles.
RIP Judy !!

Sharen Casazza

Posted at 10:23pm
The world is a better place because of Dr. McLaughlin. I am forever grateful she is a part of my life.

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