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Carolyn Pickering Lautner Age 86, an award-winning journalist for The Indianapolis Star for 35 years, passed away Thursday, June 16, 2011. A memorial service celebrating Carolyn's life will be held at 1:00 P.M. in Northminster Presbyterian Church, 1660 East Kessler Blvd., on Wednesday, June 29, 2011. Friends are asked to join her family in the Gathering Place of the church after the service for a dessert reception. Known throughout the news industry as "Pick", (she wrote under her maiden name), she was a 1945 cum laude graduate of Butler University and the first woman police reporter in Indiana, having worked a 40-hour week during her final two college years when male reporters were serving their country during World War II. At Butler, "Pick" was a member of Theta Sigma Phi journalism fraternity and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She competed in basketball, softball, and golf, and was listed in "Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities." Her years at the Star brought five Lester Hunt awards for investigative reporting, a special award from the Seventh Federal Circuit Court of Appeals for trial coverage, the Frances Wright Matrix Table award in 1972, and national plaudits for being the first reporter in the country to expose the cult lead by Jim Jones, a self-styled pastor whose "flock" was forced to drink lethal cyanide-laced Kool-Aid after Jones' charlatan methods were exposed by the press. Governor Edgar D. Whitcomb named "Pick" a Sagamore of the Wabash in 1970. An avid golfer who covered women's tournaments in Indiana and throughout the country for 25 years, she was a six-time OLGA state champion, (Old Ladies Golf Association), having won her last title in the event for women golfers 50 years and older in 1994 - exactly 20 years after capturing her initial title. She was runner-up to Alice Dye in the 1945 Indianapolis Women's City Championship and was honored in 1988 at the Crooked Stick Women's Classic for her long-time efforts promoting women's golf. She was inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in 1996. Carolyn was a former member of the Butler Alumni Board and its Advisory Board to the Athletic Department. She was a former member of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Golf Foundation, was scoring tent chairman of the Mayflower Golf Classic for five years, and was honorary member of the Country Club of Indianapolis and an active member of Northminster Presbyterian Church. Carolyn authored a history of Indiana women's golf - "Indiana's Golfing Gals" - in 1998. The booklet detailed the history of the Indiana Women's Golf Association since its inception in 1921. After early retirement from the Star in 1978, she earned her real estate broker's license and was active in residential real estate sales until 1991. Carolyn was named one of the city's top 10 realtors in 1988 by the Indianapolis Business Journal. She is survived by her daughter, Diane M. Urbain and son in law, James Urbain. A son, David Lautner, preceded her in death in September of 2004. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be sent to the Butler University Athletic Department for the sole purpose of endowing an athletic scholarship in memory of David Lautner or to the First Tee golf program for under privileged children, 1800 W. 18th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202. You may visit where you can sign the guest book or leave a message for the family. Arrangements entrusted to the Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel, Indianapolis.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star from June 19 to June 26, 2011
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