Jeanne McLaughlin, 98; By 1954 She’d Flown a Helicopter, Danced in Rockettes, Attended Nuremberg Trials, Was Lindbergh’s Secretary

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Jeanne McLaughlin passed peacefully in her sleep on Aug. 16 in Palm Desert, Arizona. She was 98.

Jeanne McLaughlin obit

Jeanne McLaughlin passed away on Aug. 16. A celebration of her life is to take place on Oct. 26.

She was born Oct. 23, 1920 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and grew up in Bridgeport. She was a graduate of Basick High School and Katherine Gibbs College in New York.

During her twenties she worked for Chance Vought and Sikorsky Aircraft and was one of the first women to fly in a helicopter.

Jeanne was an avid dancer and before touring with the USO in Europe and the Pacific, performed as a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall. While touring with the USO she had many adventures including attending the Nuremberg Trials.

After returning from her tour she became Charles Lindbergh’s executive secretary in Darien.

This obituary previously was published by the Desert Sun.

In 1954 she married William L. McLaughlin, MD and moved to Hannover, New Hampshire, where they had three children. In 1960 the family moved to Tiburon, California and then migrated to Palm Springs, California in 1963 where Jeanne lived for the next 55+ years.

While the kids were growing up Jeanne became active with the Palm Valley School. Jeanne was an excellent skier, tennis player and even dabbled in hang gliding! She was known for her warmth, generosity and amazing sense of humor!

Her love of animals meant that she was never without a dog by her side until she passed away.

Jeanne is survived by her son, Michael McLaughlin (wife Diane) of Virginia Beach, Virginia; her daughter, Cora McLaughlin of Cathedral City, California; three step-children: William (Chip) McLaughlin of Florida; John (Jay) McLaughlin (wife Peggy Ann) of Brentwood, California; and Heather McLaughlin McCurry of Southhampton, Massachusetts.

A celebration of her life is planned for Oct. 26 at the family home in Cathedral City. Friends and family are welcome. Please email ….or call ….

In lieu of flowers please contribute to the ASPCA or Audubon society.

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