|Birth: ||Aug. 25, 1922|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Nov. 5, 2011|
South Carolina, USA
Armand Paul La Rocque, formerly of Macon, Ga., died Saturday, Nov. 5 at Somerby of Mount Pleasant; outside of Charleston, S.C.
Burial will be on Monday at Andersonville National Cemetery with Father Dan Melaba officiating.
Mr. La Rocque was born in Malone, N.Y., on Aug. 25, 1922, to Maurice and Georgette (Dussault) La Rocque, the second-oldest of five children. Mr. La Rocque attended Niagara University, in Lewiston, N.Y., where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Sigma academic honor society and graduated with a B.S. in natural science in 1942. He then enrolled in the New York University Army Technical Training Command program; he graduated Sept. 6, 1943, with a diploma for Army meteorological officers. He began his formal military service three days later and served until March 31, 1946, as a Lt. Army Air Corps weather officer in the 15th Weather Squadron - 5th Air Force in New Guinea, Bismarck Archipelago. A decorated veteran of World War II, Mr. La Rocque was awarded the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon and was a reserve officer for another five years with the Army Air Force. Just before shipping out, he married Ruth Ann Hoffman of Brooklyn, N.Y., in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Nov. 2, 1943. They were devotedly married for 65 years, until her death in June 2008.
After his military service, Mr. La Rocque worked in research and design in the electro-chemical industry for 10 years, researching how chemical compounds could be utilized in emerging technology such as receiver tubes, TV "picture tubes," glow discharge electron tubes, etc. Over the years, his research on the chemical compounds, process and effects of the sparking phenomenon was presented to the Electrochemical Society, International Scientific Radio Union, the American Physics Society and the American Chemical Society at Columbia University and the University of Chicago, among others. During this time he also studied nights at St. John's University, New York City, earning his M.S. in physical chemistry in 1951.
Mr. La Rocque started his career in the federal government working for the Department of Defense in September 1956 and stayed until his retirement in 1978; he was a supervisor physical scientist in the U.S. Army Electronics Technology & Devices Laboratory, in Fort Monmouth, N.J., and worked in research and development for the U.S. Army; from 1968 until his retirement, Mr. La Rocque was an American project officer of the Mutual Weapons Development Data Exchange Agreement with France. His efforts, together with those of his associated scientists, engineers and technicians, resulted in a collection of patents, technical device developments and publications.
Mr. La Rocque was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, and a brother Paul. He is survived by his son, Paul Armand (Diana) La Rocque of Mt. Pleasant; his daughter, Marilyn (Sam) Mandel, of Macon; his sister, Madeline (Tom) Burton of Malone; Marcel (Rita) La Rocque of Plattsburg, N.Y.; Robert (Jeannette) La Rocque of Chandler, Ariz.; and four granddaughters: Amanda Mandel, Nicole La Rocque, Jeannine (Nicholas) Kappas and Danielle (Jason) Spencer; and his great-grandson, Jackson Edward Spencer.
Ruth Ann La Rocque (1917 - 2008)
Andersonville National Cemetery
Andersonville National Historic Site
Created by: Jack Johnson
Record added: Nov 08, 2011
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