Norman O. Gauvreau ’43

Norman O. Gauvreau ’43 died September 22, 2008, in Portland, Maine.

Born on January 16, 1921, in Lewiston, he prepared for college at Lewiston High School and Hebron Academy. He enrolled at Bowdoin in 1939, where he was a member of Chi Psi fraternity, but interrupted his studies to join the Navy as an aviator. He completed his flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida and transferred to the U.S. Marines with the rank of lieutenant. During his military service in World War II, he flew over 100 combat missions in the Solomon Islands and Philippine Islands, flying F4U Corsairs with the VMF 222. In 1946, he graduated from Bowdoin and entered the University ofVermont Medical School, where he graduated in 1950. He conducted his internship at Chelsea Naval Hospital outside Boston, and then returned to Lewiston to establish a medical practice with his father. He did specialty training in obstetrics and gynecology at Cambridge City Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., and a cancer surgical fellowship at Pondville Cancer Hospital in Walpole, Mass., after which he returned to his medical practice in Lewiston. He served as Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston, was on the courtesy staff and Central Maine Medical Center, and was designated the Maine Section Chairman of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He retired from medical practice in 1990. He was an avid athlete and outdoorsman, an enthusiastic boater, and an excellent bridge player. He had a deep interest in civic and community affairs, and he ran for mayor of Lewiston in 1962. He had continued to fly after the war, serving as a flight instructor in Pensacola and flying P-47 fighter aircraft with the Vermont Air National Guard, and he regularly flew his Cessna to his winter home in the Bahamas. He attained the distinction of serving as a commissioned officer in all four branches of the Armed Services: Marine Corps fighter pilot, Army Air Corps Reserve fighter pilot, Air Force Reserve fighter pilot, Navy physician, and also as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dorothy Daniels Gauvreau; a sister, Claudette Doran; three sons, Douglas, Norman, and Kenneth; a daughter, Gayle; and seven grandchildren.