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James G. McLoughlin Jr.

October 17, 1919 - March 31, 2014
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James G. McLoughlin of Otter Brook Road, Harpswell, died suddenly on March 31 at Midcoast Hospital in Brunswick. He was 94 years old.

He was born on October 17, 1919, in Elizabeth, New Jersey, the only child of James G. Sr. and Bertha Brandenburg McLoughlin. He attended area schools and junior college. During World War II, he was a decorated B26 turret gunner in the Army Air Corps, flying 79 combat missions. While serving, he founded an Army jazz band in England. After the army, he pursued a career in music and theater in New York City as a jazz musician and arranger. Following studies at the American Theatre Wing, he was an editor and producer at various radio stations on the East coast.

On March 15, 1958, he wed Norma Jannell and embarked on a career as an independent communications consultant, creating promotional campaigns for businesses and organizations ranging from Union Carbide to the foreign press corps and for numerous political figures.

In 1970 he moved his family to Brunswick, where he continued his consulting career, as well as founding two local publishing houses. He also served as consultant to several Maine medical programs and associations, the University of Maine System and area banks. He was a trustee of the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, where he helped establish BLOOM, a science program for selected Maine high school students. Still going strong at 94, he was working on a similar program through the Penobscot Marine Museum for Maine history studies.

Jim McLoughlin never met a liberal cause he didn’t champion. He was a longtime and active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brunswick and had a special interest in The Gathering Place, an interfaith day shelter for those in need. He recently celebrated 63 years with AA, where he served as sponsor to countless individuals. He claimed he was a political activist since the age of eight, when he worked on the 1928 presidential campaign of Al Smith. A voracious reader, he remained politically astute and opinionated till the end. His motto: Pay attention.

Jim was predeceased by his parents and by a son, Terrance McLoughlin. He is survived by his wife, Norma, of 56 years; daughter Anne McLoughlin and her husband, Alan Hummer, of Brunswick; son John McLoughlin and his wife, Elizabeth Peavey, of Portland; daughter-in-law Arlene McLoughlin of Bloomingburg NY; grandchildren Michael McLoughlin and his wife, Alice, of Cambridge, MA, Susan and Thomas McLoughlin of Bloomingburg, Jared and Kristen Hummer of Brunswick; and great-grandchildren, Anna and Oliver McLoughlin of Bloomingburg, and a sister-in-law, Florence Morris of Portland. 

A funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s, 27 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, on Saturday, April 5, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Gathering Place, 84B Union Street, Brunswick.

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