Dr. William F. Girouard
Dr. William F. Girouard
May 10, 1921 - Jan. 3, 2013

Son of D.W. and Loretta C. Reidy Girouard, loving husband of Rita F. Phipps, proud father of Kathleen and Maureen Girouard. Alumnus of Oberlin College A.B. '47, University of Southern California B.S. 58' M.S. 60' , Madison University Ph.D. 06'. Dedicated lifetime teacher (with interruptions) 1947-2008; Boston Public Schools, Friends Academy, Faculty Member USC and Cal Poly Pomona. Faithful member (semper fi) United States Marine Corps WWII, Korean War Resigned (Major), Director Librascope Division Singer Co. 1960-1986; Cited Who's Who in the West and Who's Who Nationally. Active in Industrial Engineering, Chapter President, Regional Director, National Director Professional Registration. Active in public life; Planning Commission South Pasadena, President Home Owners Association South Pasadena, Parishioner '64 till passing and Lector and Eucharistic Minister, Holy Family Church.
This was Bill, the engineer's, answer to a request for a biographic resume. However, Bill neglected to state he was a man of staunch faith, provided endless acts enlivened with humor, and every act, robed in love.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, January 11, 2013 at Holy Family Church at 10:30 a.m. A reception will immediately follow at St. Joseph Center (located directly across the street from the church). Holy Family Church 1501 Fremont Avenue, South Pasadena, CA 91030.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Industrial Engineering Department @ Cal Poly Pomona or University of Southern California Cabot & Sons, Pasadena
Published by Pasadena Star-News on Jan. 8, 2013.
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I hope this is not to late to be read. Bill ans I and two other PFC's shared a room at Oberlin College. We've been in touch through E-Mail for a number of years. To Bill's family I extend my very sad "I'm sorry for your loss". His passing was a loss for everyone life he touched.
Lou Traas, Semper Fi
November 11, 2013
Prof. Girouard was more than a teacher. He was a friend. He was as concerned, if not more so, for his students' development as a person as well as an engineer. You will be greatly missed. RIP my friend.
April 16, 2013
Wow. What an impact he had. Glad to have known him and be impacted by him.
Scot Myhr
March 30, 2013
Without a doubt, one of the most positive influences in my life. Semper Fi
Jay Purcell
March 15, 2013
Thank you Professor Girouard. I really appreciate your influence in my profession. I am grateful to have you as my teacher. May God keep you safe with him as you return to him in heaven.
Stella Marie Mahakian
January 13, 2013
Dr. Girouard was wonderful, kind, very and knowledgeable. I learned very important concepts and life lessons from him which I carry every day. My prayers are with his family.

much love,
Maria Lacayo-Zuniga
January 13, 2013
Beloved professor Girouard will surely be missed. Your memories will be eternal Bill.
Marwan (2003 Graduate) Manneh
January 11, 2013
To Maureen, Kathleen, and Rita.
May my warmest thoughts and prayers be with you during this most difficult time. I am a former neighbor of yours, having lived next to the Edlers.
Steven Jacobs
January 10, 2013
A blessing to all who knew him and joy to have as a professor. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience with your students and colleagues. With fond memories we remember how Prof. Girouard and his wife would open up their home and recognize the IE graduates for their accomplishments. Your inspiration and encouragement has touched so many lives in the Cal Poly and IE community. You will be missed. Keeping his wife and family in our prayers.
Charise Hashiba-Chan
January 8, 2013
Bill was a great person. I knew him first as a student, then as a co-worker and a friend. He was a wonderful influence on my life and I'll never forget him. I'll be out of town this Friday, but my thoughts and prayers will be with his Family and Friends. God bless Bill.

Joe Galdonik
Joseph Galdonik
January 8, 2013
Bless his soul and deepest condolences to the family. I would not be where I am without the guidance and inspiration from Professor Girouard.

Hai Nguyen (c/o 2007)
Hai Nguyen
January 8, 2013
Aunt Rita,Maureen,and Kathy, Our hearts go out to you during this difficult time. I'm sure Uncle Bill is reunited with those who went before him.Although we didn't see him or you often enough, you are always in our thoughts and prayers. The wind to your back and the sun on your face. Semper Fi! Tom and Nora Tobin
Tom Tobin
January 8, 2013
You shared your knowledge and life experience with your students and whether you were sharing your experiences as an IE or as an officer during WWII I always learned something. You supported my pursuit of higher education with a reference letter to SC, and have been an invaluable mentor. You will be missed, God bless.
January 8, 2013
Professor Girouard was one of my favorites through out my college years. It was always refreshing in his class room and learning was enjoyable. He certainely touch me. His wife and family are in my prayers.
Sharon Evans-Luko
January 8, 2013
I came to Cal Poly young and knowing everything and because of Dr. Girouard I left knowing much more. He kept me grounded and motivated. He was always engaged and one of my very best memories at Poly.
Kyle MacDonald
January 8, 2013
Dr. Girouard was a special person. He was my counselor and teacher who inspired me to pursue a degree in Industrial Engineering. Although it has been 20 years since I last saw him, I will never forget him.
- Eric Carr
Eric Carr
January 8, 2013
Bill was one of my favorite people of all time. Working with him at Cal Poly Pomona for 22 years was blessing. He touched the lives of students and colleagues in many ways. Bill was a special person.
Phil Rosenkrantz
January 8, 2013
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