Robert Laughton’s lifelong commitment to Carleton University, his leadership and guidance to its Board of Governors, and his devotion to the men’s basketball program leaves an inspiring legacy for everyone in the Carleton community. From 1956-1959, Robert ‘Bob’ Laughton was a starter, co-captain and one of the top scorers on the Ravens men’s basketball team. Laughton was a key contributor during the early years of the program, helping the Ravens capture two Ontario-St.Lawrence Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships in 1956-57 and 1958-59. In 1958-59, Laughton was the recipient of the Doug Banton Trophy as the outstanding basketball player best combining sportsmanship with ability.
Following Carleton, while studying Law at Queen’s University, Laughton was captain and MVP of the basketball Gaels from 1960-61. Laughton’s positive influence on the men’s basketball program and Carleton Athletics has been far reaching since his days as a student-athlete. His lifelong passion for the men’s basketball program saw Laughton and fellow Raven teammate, George House, start the House-Laughton Hoops Classic Basketball Tournament, which is one of the country’s premier preseason tournaments held at Carleton each October. As well, Laughton was Chair of the Board of Governors which approved the construction of the now extensive Athletic Facilities, including Alumni Hall and which hosted its’ first basketball game in February 2005 in the new Ravens' Nest.