Historical Society establishes fund in memory of Kay Laughlin

A fund has been established by the Bay Village Historical Society (BVHS) to honor the memory of longtime Bay Village historian Kay Rothaermel Laughlin.

“Kay Laughlin will always hold a special spot in our hearts. Her loss will be felt profoundly for years to come by so many of us,” said Cathy Flament, current Bay Village Historical Society president. “Her knowledge about our local history and commitment to sharing her vast wealth of information will be hard to match. Losing her to COVID-19 was a wakeup call as to how devastating and widespread the implications of this pandemic have been.

“After discussing with her family the best way to memorialize her dedication, we felt a fund for Kay would be an honorable way to keep her legacy going. We have set up the Kay Rothaermel Laughlin Fund for Preservation and Education that will help fund current and future projects. There will also be a bench dedicated in the rose garden at Cahoon Memorial Park, next to her sister Gay,” Flament noted.

Kay Rothaermel Laughlin was born on Feb. 21, 1937, and passed away on July 25, 2020. No one knew more about the history of Bay Village than Kay. Along with her sister Gay, she wrote, “Bay Village: A Way of Life” in 1974, the first written history of the town. In 2007, Kay and Ginny Peterson compiled a picture book, “Bay Village,” collecting the pictures and writing the content. Kay began writing her, “Snippets of Bay Village History” column in the Observer in 2015, penning more than 100 articles.

Kay joined the Bay Village Historical Society in 1968 and served as president for two years in 1976. She was part of the team that opened Rose Hill Museum in 1974. She was a docent for 20 years at Rose Hill Museum and became the society’s historian.

Donations to the Kay Rothaermel Laughlin Fund for Preservation and Education can be mailed to BVHS, P.O. Box 40187, Bay Village, OH 44140. Please write a note on or with the check explaining that it is for Kay’s fund.

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Volume 12, Issue 17, Posted 9:35 AM, 09.01.2020