The story of the Laurier Insulated Bulbous Probe begins in 1957. J. Laurier had completed his Korean war service, married his wife Dorothy, and started his family. He was practicing electrology under Dr. Peter Aucoin in his hometown of Rumford, Maine.
During that time, the clinic was treating a young girl who had a particularly severe problem (mis/undiagnosed PCOS?). The bare needle, vacuum tube electrolysis of the day had no hope of controlling the problem and she ultimately took her own life. This affected him so deeply he began a 13 year obsession to develop an electrolysis probe that was capable of helping people like that young girl.
He moved his family to Connecticut and worked in field engineering in the high speed packaging industry. He then opened Electrolysis of Newtown (still in operation) and another office in Waterbury, CT, all the while spending every free minute working on the probe.
About the time the bare tapered needle was complete, Arthur and Harold Mahler discovered his work and asked him to produce the Instantron needle. Dorothy quit her job to begin making tapered needles and Laurier Instruments Inc. was born. The insulation process was perfected shortly after that. The process is so involved and complex that he intended to never produce it for the public. The urging of Lucy Peters, Maryse Dunbar, Lana Gray and a few others changed his mind.
The IBP began full production in 1970 in Newtown CT. In 1981, with the children gone, J.L. and Dorothy moved themselves and the company to upstate NY. He had a heart attack in 1991 and his son Michael, after having grown up with the probe's research, returned to work for the company from a career in advanced weapons systems. He and his mother Dorothy still run the company and still make the Laurier Insulated Bulbous Probes themselves in Morris, NY far from civilization.
Deb, our office manager has been with the company since it moved to NY in 1981.
J. Laurier 1930 - 2010
The Laurier Instruments story is not just the story of a probe; it is the story of a man. J. Laurier had many interests, but only two passions - finding out how things work and using that knowledge to help others.
He was a pistolsmith and a marksman, although he never hunted anything, being unwilling to take any kind of a life. He also loved flying and spent a lot of the 70's and 80's in the air. Even after his heart attack, he completely restored three Model A's, two of which I still own and drive. He learned to play the violin and the steel guitar. If he could be engaged with and interested in something, then he was.
He was constantly looking for ways to use his knowledge, abilities, and kindness to help others, often at great cost to himself. He remains the greatest man I have ever known and the best friend I ever had.
~ Michael Roy