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Raymond J. Bouley
WOODBURY- Raymond J. Bouley, 87, a resident of Woodbury, Conn., and former resident of Heritage Village in Southbury, died on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at Waterbury Hospital after suffering a stroke. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Barbara J. Bouley.
He was born Feb. 4, 1925, in Woonsocket, R.I., the eldest son of the late Paul and Marie-Ange (Girard) Bouley. At the age of 14 he was enrolled in a boarding school, LaSalette, in Enfield, N.H., operated by a religious community from France. Under its aegis he pursued both his classical and undergraduate studies. He received his Masters in Broadcast Journalism degree from Columbia University and his Masters in Library Science degree from New York University Queens College.
Upon graduating from Columbia, Mr. Bouley was hired as a news writer by ABC's flagship station, WABC-TV in New York. Within two years he moved on to the position of writer/producer of documentaries and Special Reports. He won multiple awards from various agencies such as the Associated Press and the New York Press Club for programs such as "They Weep Alone: the Jewish poor of New York City;" "A Handful of Hope: Autism in the teen years and beyond;" and "Requiem for a Boy King: Tutankhamen." In 1982 he left ABC to work with the Library of Congress to develop interactive video discs that were compatible to desktop applications in the burgeoning revolution of computer technology happening at that time.
Shortly after receiving his MLS degree, Mr. Bouley served as the periodicals librarian for Credit Suisse First Boston. He left that position to join the library staff of Marymount Manhattan College, where he worked until 1997, at which time he moved from New York City to Southbury, Conn., where he was immediately employed as Reference Librarian at the Southbury Public Library. Due to ill health, he left that position in October, 2011.
Mr. Bouley was fluent in French and had a working knowledge of Spanish and Italian. He also studied Mandarin Chinese at the China Institute in New York.
He was pre-deceased by two younger brothers: Gregory Bouley and Gerard Bouley, who served for many years as the mayor of Woonsocket, R.I. He is also survived by three sisters: Marie Gregoire of Woonsocket, R.I., Annette Krol of Spencer, Mass., and Sister Therese Bouley of the Presentation of Mary, Hudson, N.H.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 14th at 11:00am at St. Teresa of Avila church in Woodbury. Mr. Bouley often served there as a lector reading scripture and acquired the nickname of "The Voice" for his robust delivery. Burial will follow in New North Cemetery, Woodbury. The Woodbury Funeral Home of Munson - Lovetere, 2 School St., is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.mun sonloveterefuneralhome.com