Mary Elizabeth McLaughlin, 50, of State College, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at her residence.
Born October 28, 1962, in San Jose, California, she was the daughter of John Alden McLaughlin and the late Mary Patricia Anderson McLaughlin.
She is survived by her father, John McLaughlin, of Tucson, AZ, two sons, William Harrison, of State College, Martin McLaughlin, of State College, and two sisters, Jenny McLaughlin, of Ridgecrest, CA, and Judy McLaughlin, of Tucson, AZ.
She was a 1979 graduate of Sabino High School. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 1983 with a Bachelor's in Psychology. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Illinois in 1988. She taught psychology and management at San Diego State University, University of Texas at Arlington, and most recently, Penn State University. She was a member of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Society for Human Resource Management, and the Association for Psychological Science.
She enjoyed running, playing guitar, listening to classical music, writing poetry, and visiting national parks. She would never hesitate to do anything to help her sons. She was a beautiful, generous spirit who spent her time helping her family and students. She will be sorely missed.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Koch Funeral Home, 2401 S. Atherton St., State College. A Celebration of Life will follow at 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home for those who want to share their memories.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 506 3rd Avenue, Duncansville, PA 16635.
Arrangements are under the care of Koch Funeral Home, State College. Online condolences and signing of the guest book may be entered at www.kochfuneralhome.com.