Warren Therien, 84

State auditor, veteran

December 12, 2006

Warren Louis Therien, a retired state auditor and World War II veteran, died of complications from an infection Dec. 5 at Carroll Hospital Center. The longtime Westminster resident was 84.

Mr. Therien was born in Bellingham, Mass., and was raised in Woonsocket, R.I. During Prohibition, his father, a bootlegger, ran liquor from Canada into New England.

"He often went with his father on bootleg runs, sitting on cases covered with blankets because having a child in the car meant the police were less likely to pull the car over to search," said a daughter, Dorothy G. Scanlan of Westminster.

In 1938, Mr. Therien dropped out of high school and joined the Civilian Conservation Corps building roads and a park in Wyoming. During World War II, he enlisted in the Navy and served as a machinist in the engine room of the USS Dempsey, a destroyer in the Pacific.

Mr. Therien earned his General Educational Development certificate and worked as an auto mechanic in Woonsocket before moving to Baltimore in 1950.

He attended the old McCoy College of the Johns Hopkins University and worked for many years as an auditor for the state's income tax division. He retired in 1993.

Mr. Therien was an avid birdwatcher and canoeist. He enjoyed the sport until he was well into his 70s, and earlier had taught canoeing through the American Red Cross.

He was also a competitive ballroom dancer and enjoyed entering dance contests.

Mr. Therien volunteered for many years at what is now Carroll Hospital Center.

His wife of 40 years, the former Eleanor Goldsborough Bartlett, died in 1998.

Services will be private.

Also surviving are two other daughters, Michele Willoughby of Cairo, Egypt, and Susanne T. Weaverling of Westminster; two brothers, Ralph Therien of Baltimore and Wallace Therien of Easley, S.C.; and six grandchildren.

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