The Obit For Warren Bourgeois

Warren Roger Emile Bourgeois Jr.

Published in The Times-Picayune on September 27, 2011

Warren Roger Emile Bourgeois, Jr. passed away at Christus Schumpert Highland Hospital in Shreveport on September 24, 2011 from CHF and pulmonary edema. He was 79-years old.

He was born in 1932 to the late Mr. and Mrs. Warren R. E. and Gladys Schwander Bourgeois, Sr. He was a native of New Orleans and retired to Toledo Bend twelve years ago.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Martha Simmons Bourgeois, one daughter, Michelle Bourgeois Pellegrin; two sons, Dr. Warren R.E. Bourgeois, III and his wife Usha; Christopher Michael Bourgeois and his wife, Tammy; three grandchildren - Jason Bourgeois, Camille Bourgeois, and Tyler Pellegrin; one brother, Rodney M. Bourgeois and his wife Beryl, nephews Matt Bourgeois (Kim) and Mark Bourgeois (Kim), niece Anne Marie Bourgeois Sturdivant (Nelson); as well as a host of great nieces and nephews.

Mr. Bourgeois was a U.S Army veteran, having served as a radar technician and instructor during the Korean Conflict. He was a pitcher for the Warren Easton High School 1951 State Championship Baseball Team.

He signed a contract with the Boston Red Sox and played for three years before an injury ended his career. He attended Southeastern Louisiana University, graduating in 1959 with a B.S. Degree in Physics and Mathematics. Warren retired from the Martin Marietta Aerospace Division in the early 90's.

At the time of his retirement, he was the Chief of Electrical Engineering Design for the Space Shuttle External Tank. Before that he worked for Boeing as a lead engineer on the on the Saturn Rocket/Apollo program that put the first man on the moon. He attended every Apollo launch at Cape Kennedy in this capacity. He won many awards for his achievements in the Space Program including the coveted Silver Snoopy award in 1989 stating "In Appreciation for professionalism, dedication and outstanding support that greatly enhanced space flight safety and mission success".

Since moving to Toledo Bend, he has served as a Board Member of the Toledo Bend Citizen's Advisory Committee and is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Zwolle. He will be sadly missed by his family, his loving dog -Princess, and friends.

Visitation will be held Friday, September 30th from 12 noon to 2 pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Zwolle, Louisiana. Funeral service to follow at 2 pm.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Sabine Animal Shelter or to the St. Vincent DePaul Society at St. Joseph Church.