Thomas L. Gaudreau

[ Age 80 ] `Born architect' loved tennis and hunting waterfowl.

October 08, 2007

Thomas Lucien Gaudreau, former president of the Baltimore architectural firm of Gaudreau Inc., died Tuesday of complications from Parkinson's disease at his home on Hilton Head Island, S.C. He was 80.

Mr. Gaudreau was born in Baltimore and raised in the Pinehurst section of Baltimore County. He was a 1946 graduate of Loyola High School and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the Johns Hopkins University in 1950.

Mr. Gaudreau studied architectural design for eight years at McCoy College, Johns Hopkins' old evening school.

"He then took and passed the registry exam," said a brother, William L. Gaudreau Sr. of Ruxton, former president and current chairman of Gaudreau Inc., who said his brother "was a born architect."

In 1950, Mr. Gaudreau joined the North Charles Street architectural firm that had been established by his father, Lucien E.D. Gaudreau, in 1932, and was primarily known for designing churches, schools and government buildings.

"He was our lead designer and served as president of the company from 1980 to 1985," his brother said.

His many commissions included the preclinical building at Johns Hopkins Hospital, the John Carroll School in Bel Air, Walsh High School in Cumberland, and the kodiak bear exhibit at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.

In 1975, Mr. Gaudreau and his two brothers' architectural licenses were suspended from six months to a year for their participation in a $30,000 kickback scheme that sent Dale Anderson, then-Baltimore County executive, to prison.

Mr. Gaudreau retired from the firm in 1991.

He lived for many years on St. George's Road in North Baltimore, before moving to a home in Queenstown on the Wye River. He then lived in Easton before moving to Hilton Head Island in 2000.

He was an avid tennis player and waterfowl hunter. He also enjoyed participating in field trials with his Labrador retrievers.

A private memorial Mass will be offered in Our Lady's Chapel of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, where he and his wife of more than 40 years, the former Anne Spencer, were married.

In addition to his wife and brother, Mr. Gaudreau is survived by a stepson, Gordon Munson Allen of Savannah, Ga.; a stepdaughter, Margaret Allen Hoffberger of Baltimore; two other brothers, David L. Gaudreau of Naples, Fla., and Gerard L. Gaudreau of Sherwood Forest; and two stepgrandsons.

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