July 24, 2014
Dr. William F. Boucher, a founding member and past chair of Northampton Community College's Board of Trustees, is being remembered with fondness and gratitude as news of his death reaches those who knew and worked with him. He passed away on July 18.
Dr. Boucher served on the College's Board of Trustees from the time the College opened in 1967 until 1990, including several terms as chair. He played an influential role in the development of Northampton's academic program and facilities.
"He was a huge asset and help to us," says Helene Whitaker, vice president for administration.
Born in Missouri, Dr. Boucher moved to Catasauqua with his family when he was ten. After graduating from Catasauqua High School, he earned a bachelor of science degree at Lehigh University with honors and an M.D. from the University of Rochester where he completed an internship in pathology.
After marrying Agnes (Blamer), he returned to the Lehigh Valley to join the staff of the Haff Hospital in Northampton and then to go into private practice. A member, president and trustee of the Lehigh County Medical Society, he was also a member of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, the American Medical Association, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Despite the demands of his profession, he was active in his church and in the community as a leader of the Northampton Rotary Club, the Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce and the former Lehigh Council of the Boy Scouts. He was the team physician for the Northampton Area School District for 40 years. He was also an Army veteran.
He was an amazing man. "He was also a very nice man - one of the truly nicest," Whitaker and others who worked with him at NCC recall.