Wednesday, January 9, 2013

#81) In Memoriam - Bill Girouard

The following obituary for Bill Girouard appeared in the Los Angeles Times and the Pasadena Star-News yesterday. 

Bill was responsible for the design and construction of Librascope's buildings, including Buildings 8, 17, and the 100,000 sq. ft. Instrumentation Facility in Marina Del Rey. A couple years ago, Disney's architecture firm contacted me for any information we might still have about the construction of Building 17, that they were planning to renovate soon. I put them in contact with Bill who promptly responded, from memory, with a detailed description of how the building was constructed, including the first of its kind roof parking lot. Disney's firm was very appreciative, and said that Bill's input would save them a lot of research.

Bill last attended the 2008 Librascope Reunion.

Dr. William F. Girouard
May 10, 1921 - Jan. 3, 2013

Son of D.W. and Loretta C. Reidy Girouard, loving husband of Rita F. Phipps, proud father of Kathleen and Maureen Girouard. Alumnus of Oberlin College A.B. '47, University of Southern California B.S. 58' M.S. 60' , Madison University Ph.D. 06'. Dedicated lifetime teacher (with interruptions) 1947-2008; Boston Public Schools, Friends Academy, Faculty Member USC and Cal Poly Pomona. Faithful member (semper fi) United States Marine Corps WWII, Korean War Resigned (Major), Director Librascope Division Singer Co. 1960-1986; Cited Who's Who in the West and Who's Who Nationally. Active in Industrial Engineering, Chapter President, Regional Director, National Director Professional Registration. Active in public life; Planning Commission South Pasadena, President Homeowners Association South Pasadena, Parishioner '64 till passing and Lector and Eucharistic Minister, Holy Family Church.

This was Bill, the engineer's, answer to a request for a biographic resume. However, Bill neglected to state he was a man of staunch faith, provided endless acts enlivened with humor, and every act, robed in love.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, January 11, 2013 at Holy Family Church at 10:30 a.m. A reception will immediately follow at St. Joseph Center (located directly across the street from the church). Holy Family Church 1501 Fremont Avenue, South Pasadena, CA 91030. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Industrial Engineering Department @ Cal Poly Pomona or University of Southern California Cabot & Sons, Pasadena.


  1. My sympathy to the Girouard Family.
    My dad, mom and I worked with Bill at Librascope. I remember him well.
    Sheila Gustafson

  2. We received the following e-mail yesterday from Don Barton:

    Hi Georgine

    I am Really sorry to hear about Bill's passing. Condolences to Rita and the family.

    I came on board about the same time in 1959. Bill was well known for his expertise in Industrial Engineering.

    I came on board as a Sr Electronic tech in the Test Equipment Design Group at about that time under Howard H Hill. But more specifically under Carl Sorensen.

    I worked with Bill's organization for many years. Bill was always on top of the situation of concern and made it his priority to benefit the company.

    So I just want to say to his family and those who worked for Bill that he strived for and accomplished many goals for the company.

    Best regards to Dr Bill and his family.