MAURICE “RED” BOUDREAU, 1924-1983
Red Boudreau grew up on a farm in Missouri. He served in World War II as a fighter pilot for the U.S. Navy. After leaving military service, he completed his undergraduate education at Quincy College in Illinois. He received a law degree from the University of Missouri Law School at Columbia.
He came to San Diego in 1953 and for a time worked for Allstate Insurance Company alongside fellow adjuster, Tom Sharkey. After passing the bar, he accepted a job offer from W.J. Schall with whom he practiced, along with Rick Gore, until his death.
During his distinguished legal career, Red was an officer of the San Diego County Bar Association, a past president of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego and a longtime member of the San Diego Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He was also a member of the highly selective American College of Trial Lawyers.
Red was a remarkable attorney and a patron of the poor. He befriended Father Joe Carroll, a newly-ordained priest at Our Lady of Grace Parish. When Father Joe was assigned to the St. Vincent de Paul Center, Red was the first to volunteer to assist. He was a founding member of St. Vincent de Paul’s Advisory Board. To honor Red and commemorate his work, the name of the fundraising dinner benefiting St. Vincent de Paul Village was changed by the founding sponsor to the Red Boudreau Trial Lawyers Dinner to honor Red.
His wife, Patricia, and his son, Steve continue Red’s work with St. Vincent de Paul Village. Patricia and Red had a large family, many of whom are still in the San Diego area.