Eugene L. Boudette

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GILMANTON — Former state geologist Eugene L. Boudette, 81, of Province Road, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007, at Concord Hospital.

Dr. Boudette was born in Claremont on Aug. 24, 1926, the son of the late William E. and Ida (Young) Boudette. He grew up in Claremont and North Charlestown and graduated from Holden High School in Charlestown in 1944. Following graduation, he entered the U.S. Navy and served until 1946.

He was trained in aircraft electronics at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla., and served on Saipan, the Marianna Islands and at Quonset Point, R.I. He was awarded the World War II Pacific and American Theater service medals and the Victory Medal.

Members of his family include his wife, Beatrice (Drolet) Boudette of Gilmanton; a daughter, Jennifer Boudette of Boston; a son, Stephen Boudette of Dedham, Mass., and his wife, Alexandra; and grandchildren Sophie and Vivian; a sister, Norma Principe of Springfield, Mass.; and a brother, Earl Boudette of Charlestown.

WE REMEMBER: Following his discharge, he enrolled at the University of New Hampshire, earning a bachelor of science degree in geology in 1951. He accepted a position with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, working on projects in Greenland and around New England, including the construction of Pease Air Force Base.

In 1953, he accepted a position with the U.S. Geological Survey, which he held until 1985. His assignments included research field investigations on the Colorado Plateau, Washington state, the southeastern states and New England. He participated in the U.S. Antarctic Research Program (1959-60 Birdland Traverse), and for his accomplishments he was awarded the Antarctic Service Medal by the Department of Defense. He was a member of the Apollo Field Geology Investigation team for the Apollo Missions 15, 16 and 17, helping train astronauts to perform geologic sampling on the moon. While working for the Geological Survey, he completed his master of arts at Dartmouth College in 1959 and his Ph.D. at Dartmouth in 1978.

In 1986, he was appointed N.H. state geologist and served until 2000. At that time he was an adjunct professor of geology in the Department of Earth Sciences at UNH. During his career, he authored or coauthored more than 80 geologic publications.

SERVICES: There are no visiting hours. A memorial Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday in Our Lady of Lourdes Church on River Road in Pittsfield. Urn burial will be at the convenience of the family in the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Pittsfield. The Perkins & Pollard Memorial Home of Pittsfield is in charge of arrangements.
Published in on Nov. 12, 2007