Richard W. Loughry ’56

Richard W. Loughry ’56 died on January 17, 2011, in Centennial, Colorado.

(The following was published online at in January 2013:)

Richard W. Loughry, 78, died peacefully surrounded by family on January 17, 2013, in Centennial, Colo.

Richard was born in Flushing, N.Y., on February 2, 1934. He grew up in Ridgewood, N.J. He graduated from Bowdoin College (bachelor of science, chemistry) in 1956.

Richard married Janet Marie Catlin on August 10, 1957, a marriage that lasted fifty-five years. He attended medical school at the University of Rochester in New York, graduating in 1960. Surgical residency followed at University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver. After moving to Cheyenne in 1968, Richard began his general surgery practice; he continued practicing until 1994.

His professional accomplishments include: initiating the practice of grand rounds at the Cheyenne hospitals, beginning the Cheyenne medical residents’ rotation in conjunction with CU School of Medicine, being a founding director of the Wyoming Student Loan Corporation and serving on the board from 1980-1991, and serving as a long-time board member of the Wyoming Children’s Society. He and Janet started the Parkinson’s Support Group of Cheyenne, facilitating it for eleven years.

Richard will be remembered as a talented and compassionate surgeon; a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather; a nature photographer; a woodworker; and a teller of puns and jokes. He was a long-time active member of First United Methodist Church in Cheyenne.

He is survived by his wife, Janet C. Loughry; and his three children, David Loughry of Los Angeles, Sara Kline (Peter) of Centennial and Ruth Ann Loughry of Littleton, Colo.; grandchildren, Peter A., Emily and Henry Kline; and sister-in-law, Alice Loughry of Los Altos, Calif. Richard was preceded in death by parents, James Kenneth and Anita W. Loughry; and brother, Donald C. Loughry.

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