April 24, 2006
A married Fort Kent area couple, who have made immeasurable contributions to their community and its' people will be honored with a Distinguished Service Award from the University of Maine at Fort Kent during commencement exercises on Saturday, May 13.
Lucien Theriault and Marie Theriault of Fort Kent will be presented with the honor by UMFK President Richard W. Cost.
"Lucien and Marie support just about every event in town, said president Cost. They are a wonderful couple who support and work for all good causes that promote and add to this community. They bring marvelous skills, creativity, hard work and above all a warm and delightful presence that adds immeasurably to every activity. We are pleased and proud to honor them."
The distinguished service award is bestowed annually at the university's commencement, to a deserving recipient or recipients who have rendered service to the campus, community, St. John Valley, Aroostook County, and State of Maine.
Marie Theriault a native of Fort Kent and Lucien Theriault of Wallagrass. They are both graduates from Fort Kent Community High School, Lucien in 1944 and Marie in 1946. The couple married in 1947.
Lucien entered the Navy then with the help of the GI bill, attended the University of Maine at Orono, where he received his degree in electrical engineering in 1951.
Lucien worked for General Electric for 18 years where he started designing high voltage transformers then promoted to engineering management and worked for Picker International in management for 18 years where he retired in 1988.
Marie, along by her husband's side, was a devoted mother to three wonderful children and volunteered countless hours to local hospitals and elderly homes and school French classes. She also started a business with her daughter, designing and marketing children's clothing to the stores in Cleveland, Ohio.
The couple returned to the Valley in 1992.
Marie and Lucien are always together volunteering their time collectively and independently for various community organizations.
Lucien has designed, built or coordinated the following projects; the kiddie tow and the timing hut at the Lonesome Pine Trails, the addition to the Lonesome Pine Trails, the Maine Winter Sports Center lodge and the biathlon stadium.
They are both very involved in the annual Can-Am sled dog races, ski and biathlon races and chamber of commerce events.
In 2001, Lucien and Marie Theriault were named Citizens of the Year award by the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce.
Marie has made and donated hundreds of ski hats to the Fort Kent Greenbean ski club and helps biathletes recover from the trials of an exhausting race.
Lucien serves on the UMFK Foundation Board of Directors.
The couple is very active in the St. Joseph's Parish in Soldier Pond, where they serve as Eucharistic ministers. They have been married for 53 years.
Presenting the distinguished service award to Lucien and Marie Theriault will mark the third time since the honor was first bestowed in 1973 that a married couple is awarded. In 1990, Fort Kent couple Bernice and Ludger Michaud and in 2003 Fort Kent couple Martin and Sandra Bernstein in were presented with the honor.
Lucien and Marie Theriault's son Carl, local entrepreneur and community leader was also honored with the distinguished service award in 2000.
Other past recipients include Congressman Michael Michaud, Franco-American cultural advocate Marc Chasse, UMFK alumna Genevieve Bouchard and community leader Nancy Thibodeau who received the award last year.