Rockport, MA — Edward Alan Boulter, 90, of Rockport, passed away peacefully on September 22, 2013, at Kindred Den-Mar Nursing Home. He was the beloved husband of June K. (Porter) Boulter, his bride of 65 years.
Alan was born in Cambridge, Mass., on August 20, 1923, and was the son of Edward P. and Elsie H. (Robbins) Boulter. Since 1930, he had summered in Rockport with his parents and brother, Richard, and helped build the family's cottage on Pigeon Hill in 1937. Alan and June bought their own home on Pigeon Hill in 1953, a large welcoming house filled with love, where their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren lived and visited, and learned much from their wise and always attentive "Bub."
He was educated at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Trained as a chemical engineer, his professional achievements were in electrical insulation research and development at General Electric's Medium Steam Turbine Generator Manufacturing Plant in Lynn, Mass., where he worked for 39 years. After retirement, he enjoyed a second career as consulting engineer for a number of corporations with his GE mentor and colleague, Merrill Cohen. Throughout his career, he wrote standards on insulation systems for the International Electrotechnical Commission, for which he was a U.S. Chief Delegate and technical advisor. He was also an active member of the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE). He co-authored the definitive textbook in his field, "Electrical Insulation for Rotating Machines" in 2004.
Alan was a proud Navy man, serving 30 years in the Naval Reserve, retiring as Lt. Commander. He was on active duty at the end of WWII aboard the USS Duxbury Bay in the Sea of Japan.
Community service and protecting Rockport's public water supply were Alan's pride and passion. For 64 years, he helped guide the town's Water Supply Committee and all matters relative to it. He served
two terms on the Rockport Planning Board and chaired both the High School and Town Office Building Committees. He was a founding member and chair of the Granite Pier Committee, and was an active Cubmaster and Scoutmaster of the BSA for many years. Alan was a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rockport Rotary Club, in recognition of outstanding contribution to Rotary's ideals of service above self, leadership and community service.
He was an active member of Rockport's Universalist-Unitarian Church, the welcoming congregation he and June chose to share their joys and concerns with, to give their children a foundation for their own spiritual and religious quests, and to engage in the never-ending search for Truth with free and open hearts and minds.
Alan is survived by his wife, June; brother, Richard N. Boulter and wife, Nancy, of Rockport and Berea, Ohio; daughter, Susan J. Bonior and Dan of Limington, Maine; sons Richard A. Boulter of Greenfield, Mass., and Robert T. Boulter and Kathy of Rockport; grandsons, Crispin, Micah and Aaron Boulter, and Jon Alan Bonior; granddaughters, Wendy Albertson and Julie Boulter; great-grandchildren, Casey and Sadie Boulter; and three nephews, Jeffrey, Ken and David Boulter, and their families.
ARRANGEMENTS: Alan's family invites friends and acquaintances to a memorial service and celebration of life at the UU Church, 4 Cleaves Street, Rockport, from 4 to 6 p.m., on Sunday, October 13. From 1 to 2:30 p.m., any who wish are welcome to come enjoy the beauty of Steel Derrick Quarry in the woods of Pigeon Cove with us. It was the place Alan loved best. He put considerable time and energy into the development of this pristine natural resource so others could enjoy it as much as he did.
Arrangements are by the Burgess and Mackey Funeral Home, 201 Main Street, Rockport. Condolences may be given at www.burgessandmackey.com.