René L. Boudreau ’46 died on September 19, 2008, in Yarmouth, Maine.
Born in Pittsburgh, Penn., on January 25, 1925, he prepared for college in New York City public schools and at the New Hampton School in New Hampshire. He was a history major at Bowdoin, and a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. He interrupted his studies to enlist in the Army, where he was first enrolled in the Army Specialized Training Program in Charleston, South Carolina.When the Army closed the program, he was shipped overseas, where he fought with the 273rd Infantry, Company G. He returned to the States in April of 1946 and re- enrolled at Bowdoin, graduating in 1948 as a member of the Class of 1946. He worked as a sales representative for Stuart Pharmaceuticals, for Barnes & Nobles’s College Outline Series, and later in medical publishing for McGraw Hill and Lippincott. He enjoyed camping with his family, one year taking the family all the way from Philadelphia to Yellowstone and back. He ran the Chicago Marathon twice while in his fifties, and he completed a 300- mile bike ride across the state of Wisconsin. He had grown up spending summers in Maine at his family’s “gentleman’s farm” between Newcastle and Boothbay Harbor, and he and his wife retired to Maine. He is survived by his wife Barbara, whom he married in 1947; his sons James Karle and Robert Addison; five grandchildren; and four great-granddaughters.