Honoring 40 Years of Caring for Cumberland County Children

Dr. Howard Loughlin Awarded Order of the Long Leaf Pine

Photo: L-R Tim Edwards, CAC Board Chair; Dr. Howard Loughlin; Roberta Humphries, CAC Executive Director

(Fayetteville, NC)  Howard H. Loughlin, M.D., was honored for his 40 years of caring for Cumberland County children when he was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine at the Child Advocacy Center’s holiday reception on Dec. 12. The award is one of the highest honors the state can bestow for those with a proven record of exemplary service to their state and their community and who have devoted their lives to serving others.

That description fits Dr. Loughlin to a T. He moved to Fayetteville with his wife, Joyce, in 1975, to join a pediatric practice. He was the beloved Pediatrician for thousands of children for 19 years, before establishing and serving as Medical Director of the new Child Abuse Clinic at Southern Regional Area Health Education Center (SRAHEC). Following his semi-retirement from that position in the summer of 2012, he continued to work part-time at SRAHEC as a Child Abuse Pediatrician until his full retirement in May 2016. During his tenure with SRAHEC, in addition to providing medical examinations and expert testimony for abused children, he trained numerous medical students and residents through the Family Medicine Residency Program. He was an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UNC School of Medicine and an Associate Consulting Professor in the Department of Pediatrics of Duke University School of Medicine. In 2009, Dr. Loughlin was a member of the first group of physicians in the nation to pass the examination to become a Board Certified Child Abuse Pediatrician.

In 1991, Dr. Loughlin helped to found Friends of Children at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center to serve hospitalized children and their families. In 1993, Dr. Loughlin and other concerned professionals established the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) to serve child abuse victims. He has continued on the board of the CAC since its founding. He will retire from the board this year on Dec. 31.

A quiet and humble gentleman, Dr. Loughlin has never sought recognition for his tireless work on behalf of children, but he has nevertheless been nominated by others and chosen for numerous awards, including the National Children’s Advocacy Center Outstanding Service Award 2013, Cumberland County Champion for Children Award 2012, North Carolina AHEC System Glenn Wilson Award for Public Service 2009, the Cumberland Community Foundation Non-Profit Leadership Award 2003, and the Glaxo Wellcome Child Health Recognition Award 2000.

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