In Memoriam: Theresa C. Laurin, 1924-2015
November 05, 2015
Theresa C. "Teddi" Laurin, founder and CEO of Laurin Publishing Co., died Nov 5 at home in Pittsfield, MA. She was an early leader in photonics publishing and an Committee OSA Member. Laurin was well known for her incredible support and involvement in the optics community. She was 91.
Laurin began working as an editor for Dr. Clifton Tuttle, a physicist with Eastman Kodak, in 1962. Tuttle was looking for an executive secretary while she was looking for a new position after leaving the working world to raise her four children. Tuttle had started Optical Publishing Co. in 1954 and published a directory of optical companies.
In 1964, Laurin and her late husband, Francis Laurin, bought the company and she decided to launch a trade magazine, Optical Spectra, in 1967. In 1982 Optical Spectra became Photonics Spectra and in 1986 the company was renamed Laurin Publishing.
Laurin has received several honors during her business career. In 2000 she was honored as one of 15 Western Massachusetts “Women of Influence”. She has served on committees for The Optical Society (OSA), the Engineering Council of The Optical Society and the American Business Press Publisher Committee. In her home of Pittsfield she was known as a philanthropist and served as the original president of the Colonial Theatre Association, lending her support to the restoration of the historic theatre with time and money.
Laurin was married for 58 years to her husband Francis T. Laurin, who died in 2009. She was also predeceased by a daughter, Diane Laurin. In addition to her brother and sister-in-law, Laurin leaves three children, (Patricia Trotti, Thomas Laurin and Wendy Laurin), eight grandchildren, a daughter-in-law, and two sons-in law.
Additional information can be found in the obituary provided by the family
OSA Awards Won
Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award