Remembering former president Douglas Lauchlan

Douglas Lauchlan Remembered
Photo provided by Mount Royal University Executive Records

The Mount Royal University community is mourning the loss of its fifth president.

Douglas Lauchlan, 84, passed away on Feb. 15, 2016.

"The University extends its condolences to Mr. Lauchlan's family and friends," said President David Docherty. "We were fortunate to benefit from his intelligence, kindness and enthusiasm.

"He will be missed by many of his long-time Mount Royal colleagues."

Lauchlan began at Mount Royal as a part-time speech arts instructor and was promoted to the position of Vice-President of Student and Community Services in 1969. He was named president by the Board of Governors in 1976 and served in the role for four years.

In his centennial-era book, titled Catch the Gleam, former Mount Royal president Donald N. Baker references his predecessor as "the insider, well liked, approachable."

A former United Church chaplain, Lauchlan was a respected community builder in Calgary.

Along with guiding Mount Royal, he led the United Way and the Calgary Centre for Performing Arts, and served on many boards, including the Banff Centre, Child Friendly Calgary, Global Fest and the International Avenue Arts and Culture Centre.

Lauchlan loved music, establishing the Esther Honen's International Piano Competition and the Calgary International Organ Festival.