Julien Johnson LeBourgeois, a retired Vice Admiral in the U.S. Navy, died Sept. 16 in Williamsburg, where he had resided since 2008.
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During a stellar Navy career of 33 years, he served on USS Columbia in operations to liberate The Philippines in World War II. He was Assistant Naval Attaché in Morocco and later commanded the USS Halsey during the Vietnam War, rescuing 17 downed U.S. airmen. He went on to serve as senior aide to the Chief of Naval Operations, and he held senior positions for NATO's Supreme Allied Commander in Belgium and Norfolk. He concluded his career as President of the Naval War College in Newport, RI, 1974-1977. His service decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (awarded twice), the Legion of Merit (awarded twice), and the Bronze Star for service in combat.
In retirement in New London, NH, he led the creation of a popular continuing education program "Adventures in Learning" at Colby-Sawyer College for which the college bestowed "The Town Award" in 2004 acknowledging his extraordinary involvement in and noteworthy contributions to the community.
A 1944 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (Class of 1945), LeBourgeois was born in Southern Pines, NC. The son of Commander Henry Blow LeBourgeois of New Orleans, LA, and Dorothy Johnson LeBourgeois of Savannah, GA, he was raised in Long Beach, CA; Suva, American Samoa; New Orleans, LA; and prepped at Georgia Military Academy. He earned an MA inInternational Relations from George Washington University.
Admiral LeBourgeois spent his final years in Williamsburg, where his dear wife of nearly 64 years, Priscilla Dudley LeBourgeois, continues to reside. Other survivors are son, Julien Dudley LeBourgeois of Washington D.C.; daughter, Anne LeBourgeois Grieves of Hong Kong and New Canaan, CT; and granddaughters, Alexandra Taylor Grieves and Victoria Armour LeBourgeois Grieves of New York, NY.
A memorial service and burial at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis will be announced at a later date.
Published in Virginia Gazette from Sept. 22 to Oct. 21, 2012