John Rice O'Loughlin Prof. Emeritus

August 12, 1933April 13, 2018
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John Rice O’Loughlin, Professor Emeritus, IUPUI, Indianapolis, 84, passed away on April 13, 2018. He was born August 12, 1933 in New Castle, Pennsylvania to Leo Thomas and Florence Louise Rice O’Loughlin. John graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Warren, OH in 1951. He earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Youngstown University in 1955, his MSME from University of Pittsburgh in 1959 and his PhD from Purdue University in 1961. Later, he earned an MBA from Indiana University. John spent his career as a professor of mechanical engineering first at Tulane University and then at IUPUI. John married Carol Broemmelsiek of South Bend, IN on January 27, 1962 and together they had three children. John enjoyed gardening and repairing small engines. He was a member of A.S.M.E. and Christ the King Parish for 45 years. John is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years Carol Broemmelsiek O’Loughlin, children, Catherine “Kate” (Kevin) O’Connell, Marian (Kevin) Power, Leo (Carrie) O’Loughlin, brother, Br. Gerlac O’Loughlin OCSO, sisters, Marian Halasz and Catherine Swan, and grandchildren, Erin O’Connell, Anna O’Connell, Mary O’Connell, Cassie Clark, Allison Clark, Mary O’Loughlin. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, April 21 at 11 am at Christ the King Catholic Church with visitation an hour before the service. Memorials in John’s name may be made to Christ the King Catholic Church. He will be laid to rest privately at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Cemetery at a later date. Services entrusted to Feeney-Hornak Keystone Mortuary. Remembrances and thoughts may be made at


  • Florence Louise O'Loughlin, Mother
  • Leo Thomas O'Loughlin, Father
  • Carol O'Loughlin, Wife
  • Catherine "Kate" (Kevin) O'Connell, Daughter
  • Marian (Kevin) Power, Daughter
  • Leo (Carrie) O'Loughlin, Son
  • Br. Gerlac O'Loughlin OSCO, Brother
  • Marian Halasz, Sister
  • Catherine Swan, Sister
  • Erin O'Connell, Grandchild
  • Anna O'Connell, Grandchild
  • Mary O'Connell, Grandchild
  • Cassie Clark, Grandchild
  • Allison Clark, Grandchild
  • Mary O'Loughlin, Grandchild


  • Visitation Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, April 21, 2018

John Rice O'Loughlin Prof. Emeritus

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Ruth Roell

May 9, 2018

Kate, Marian, Leo,

I didn't know your dad but I can tell he was a nice, intelligent guy. I remember you all fondly and know your good character is due to his and your mom's upbringing. Keep his legacy going. So sorry for your loss.

Teresa Kpachavi (Niese)

April 20, 2018

John will always be “Mr. O'Loughlin” to me. His daughter, Kate, was my best childhood friend and I think I spent as much time at their house as I did my own. Although our nighttime games of flashlight tag and “jail” all but destroyed John’s carefully tended landscaping, he never said a word. I am grateful that John and the rest of the O’Loughlin family were such a big part of my childhood. My sincere condolences to all of you.

Kim Deremiah

April 20, 2018

I am saddened to learn of Prof O'Loughlin's passing. My prayers are with his family and friends. I am one of 'thousands' of former students of the ME school at IUPUI. It was such an gratifying experience to take his Thermo and Heat Transfer classes...the most knowledgeable prof I have ever seen.
When you finished one of his courses, you knew the material all the way.
Loved his stern, no-nonsense demeanor with periods of his dry-wit/sense of
humour. I will always be honored to have been associated with him.
He made the world a better and smarter place.

KG Deremiah PE
Zionsville IN

John Gersting

April 20, 2018

I joined the M.E. Department at Purdue-Indianapolis in 1970. John was in the department at that time, and I remember how serious he always was about his teaching. His attention to detail was an inspiration to me. I am now teaching fluid mechanics, one of the courses John regularly taught.

Both my wife, Judy, and I extend our deepest sympathy to Carol and the rest of John's family in their loss.

Marvin Needler

April 18, 2018

John and I shared many aspects of our lives. We were both professors of engineering at Purdue Indianapolis; we shared consulting activities in industrial and forensic matters; and we were partners in commercial real estate. But mainly we were really good friends. John taught me the life lesson of straight forward honesty and candidness and caring. I will miss him. I greatly admire the loving care that Carol provided during his waning years. My condolences to his family.