John E. Baughman
1936 - 2020
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John E. Baughman

Mechanicsburg - John E. Baughman, 83, of Mechanicsburg, PA, passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2020 with his wife, Robin, by his side.

Born on October 20, 1936 in Chambersburg, PA, John was the son of the late John M. Baughman and Ruth G. (Washinger) Flora.

John was a graduate of Chambersburg Area Senior High School. He went on to receive his B.S. in Biology and his M.Ed. in Social Studies from Shippensburg University. John continued his education, receiving his Ph.D. in Government, Public Administration and Organizational Theory and at the same time his M.A. in Government and Public Administration from the University of Maryland.

John started his career as a classroom teacher and later department chair in the Chambersburg School District from 1967-1977. During this time (1975-1977), he served as a Councilman and then President of Chambersburg Borough Council. Notably, he was elected Council President with support from the opposing party. In 1977 he began his long and distinguished career with the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) in Harrisburg, spanning over 30 years, beginning as Agency Relations Liaison and concluding his tenure as Chief Lobbyist. John was once recognized as #30 on the "Power 50" list of Pennsylvania's 50 most politically influential personalities by He was well respected on "the Hill." After retiring from PSEA, and not one to rest on his laurels, John became a Government Affairs Consultant taking on clients of his own over the years. Advocacy on behalf of others was a lifelong passion of John's. John was a US Navy veteran.

He was a member of the Camp Hill Presbyterian Church, a life member of the VFW in Chambersburg, and a former member of the West Shore Country Club. He was an avid student of history, enjoyed tennis, golf, and playing his guitar. John was known for his quick wit, charm, and unique sense of humor. Most of all he loved spending time with his friends and family.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Robin (Adams) Baughman; his son, Jonathan D. Baughman; his daughter, Pam L. Long and her husband Marty and his two grandchildren, Jack and Ryan Long.

A celebration of John's life has been postponed due to the current health crisis and limitations. Service and visitation times will be made public at a future date decided upon by the family. Myers-Harner Funeral & Cremation Services, Camp Hill, has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (owing to his son) or to the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area.

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Published in Public Opinion from Aug. 5 to Aug. 6, 2020.
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August 11, 2020
Dear Robin, So sad to hear of John's passing. Please know that our heart and prayers are with you at this sad time. Please celebrate his wonderful life erveryday!!!!
Terry Keefer
August 7, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. John was an educator and a gentleman. He loved life. He will be greatly missed. (I remember John from his Central Junior High days. I know that he worked at the state level too probably longer than at Central. He frequently came to our annual Central Luncheons. )
Theresa Kochert
August 4, 2020
John was a gentleman and a scholar rich with experience and knowledge in the education and political arena and he was always respected among his peers. Most importantly, he was a man of his word. Rest In Peace my friend.
Ronald Deibert
August 3, 2020
Robin and Family,
It was sad to hear of the passing of “John”. We know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. He will continue to participate in every act, thought and decision you make. His love have left a permanent imprint in your heart and memories. Find comfort in knowing that your lives have been enriched by having John as a loving Husband and Father. In times like these, you must “Trust in the Lord with all our heart; and lean not to your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Jesus Christ, and He shall direct your path.”
We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.
Roberta Thompson
August 3, 2020
Wayne Henry
August 3, 2020
Maria Tallarico
August 3, 2020
Sorry to see. John was always a gentleman in halls of capital.
David Washburn
August 2, 2020
Robin and family-I was so sorry to hear of John’s passing. He always wore a smile and I will always remember his witty sayings. I hope you take some comfort in that he was a devoted family man and a fantastic person. May he rest in peace. My sincere condolences to all.
Kelly Minito
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