Louise Porter McLaughlin, 69, art collector

June 13, 1998|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Louise Porter McLaughlin, a noted art collector and a former executive secretary at New York's Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, died Sunday of cancer at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. She was 69.

A Homeland resident since 1959, Mrs. McLaughlin was for 10 years executive secretary to the chief of staff for the Psychosomatic Clinic of the Psychoanalytic Institute at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.

While working there, she met and married Dr. Francis Joseph McLaughlin, a psychoanalyst, in 1959. The couple moved to Baltimore, where he established a practice on Park Avenue.

She worked with her husband in his practice and also assisted him after he was elected president of the American Psychoanalytic Association and secretary and treasurer of the International Psychoanalytic Association. He died in 1986.

The couple's prodigious art collecting, especially the works of Herman Maril, one of Maryland's most popular painters, filled their residence.

"Her husband had been an old friend of my husband's, and that's how she was woven into artistic circles," Esta Maril, widow of Herman Maril, said yesterday. Mr. Maril died in 1986.

"They had honeymooned on Cape Cod, and they liked collecting his paintings, which featured the sea, sand and nets. She liked their colors, subtleness and serenity. They reminded them of happy times," she said.

Mrs. McLaughlin was a frequent visitor to galleries and art shows.

Recently, Mrs. McLaughlin donated a watercolor portrait of her husband by Mr. Maril to the Baltimore-Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis. She also made a donation to the University College Collection at the University of Maryland, College Park and recently donated two other works by Mr. Maril to Salisbury State University.

William C. Merwin, president of Salisbury State, said, "It is a great honor and distinction for Herman Maril to be represented in our art gallery collection and is greatly appreciated by the local community on the Eastern Shore. Gifts such as hers afford a wonderful opportunity to share one of Maryland's most gifted artists."

Mrs. McLaughlin was a member of the Baltimore Museum of Art.

The former Louise Porter was born and raised in New York City, where she graduated from Taft High School in 1947 and from Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School.

There are no services.

She is survived by a brother, Dr. Herbert Porter of New York City; a stepson, Thomas McLaughlin of Charlotte, N.C.; an aunt, Polly Lieb of New York City; a stepdaughter, Carol Miller of Ellicott City; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of Baltimore, Gilchrist Center, 6601 N. Charles St., Towson 21204.

Pub Date: 6/13/98

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