Soil and water

Obituary by Carl Bouchard (1941 – 2021) – Milford, DE


Carl Edward Bouchard joined the angels on Wednesday November 17th. Born March 19, 1941 in Fort Kent, Maine, only son of Gilman Leonide Bouchard and Elizabeth (Isabel) Caron.
He was educated at Fort Kent Schools and graduated from Fort Kent High School in 1957, then University of Maine at Orono with a BS in Agricultural Engineering. He did master’s work in water resources engineering. Carl is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia, and served 4 years in the US Air Force.
He worked as an extension agricultural engineer for the New Brunswick Department of Agriculture in Canada before joining the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Orono, Maine, the regional office in Broomall, Pa. And taking his retired as Deputy Director of the renowned Natural Resources Conservation Department responsible nationally for water resources and rural development programs in Washington, DC.
He has spent considerable time collaborating with foreign researchers and water resources leaders in sub-Saharan Africa, France and Western Europe. He established the stormwater program for Fairfax County in Virginia, as its first director before semi-retiring to Delaware, where he designed and built his retirement home to age in place and served as a than professional engineer. Carl was a multi-state licensed professional engineer and a life member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and also a member of the Soil and Water Conservation Society.
Carl was a past president of the Maine State Society of Washington, DC and national active and retired federal employees of the Delaware Coastal Section. He was a member of the American Legion. He has received numerous awards during his career, including the USDA Honorary Award and a peer for establishing the concept of Keep America Growing to Protect America’s Working Lands. He was recognized as Young Engineer of the Year for Maine and recognized by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for his leadership.
In retirement, Carl returned to his photography hobby and exhibited his works prominently at the Mispillion Art League. He was the official photographer for the National Conference of Crown Corporations for a period of 20 years, photographing the Cherry Blossom Princesses during Cherry Blossom Week in Washington, DC.
Carl married Janet Louise Gilchrist of Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada in 1966.
He is survived by his son Stephen Bouchard of Alden, Virginia and daughter Janice Hall (David) of Milford, twin grandsons Nicholas and Andrew Hall and special granddaughter Katya Hall, all of Milford.
Internment is scheduled for Thursday, December 9 at 1:00 p.m. Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro, DE with a memorial service on Saturday, December 11 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 200 Church St, Milford, DE followed by lunch.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Maine State Society Foundation Scholarship Fund, University of Maine Foundation at Buchanan Alumni House, 2 Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469-5792, Christ Church Episcopal in Milford or Second Street Players Loft Fund at 2 S Walnut St, Milford, DE 19963.
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Posted by Rogers Funeral Home – Milford on Nov 24, 2021.