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
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
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.