Gerard Lucien Gaudreau, a former partner in a Baltimore real estate firm and an inspirational speaker and teacher, died of heart disease Dec. 31 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Timonium resident was 89.
Mr. Gaudreau, the son of Lucien E.D. Gaudreau, founder of a Baltimore architectural firm, was born in Braintree, Mass., and later moved with his family to a home on Park Heights Avenue.
Aspiring to the priesthood, he was in the eighth grade when he entered the seminary at St. Mary's College in Erie, Pa.
Later, while attending Mount St. Alphonsus Seminary in Esopus, N.Y., Mr. Gaudreau became interested in public speaking. Abandoning plans to become a priest, he returned to Baltimore and earned a bachelor's degree from Loyola College.
He worked for 17 years as an institutional salesman for Consolidated Foods before earning a real estate license and going to work for O'Conor & Flynn in 1965.
He later became a partner in the real estate firm and was senior vice president at the time of his retirement in the 1990s.
During the 1960s, Mr. Gaudreau joined with other Baltimore real estate associates and Housing and Urban Development officials in establishing and implementing one of the first fair housing programs in the nation.
He was a lifelong member of Toastmasters International and was twice selected as "Best Speaker" among 250,000 worldwide contestants, his son said.
"His greatest rewards came from lectoring at Masses in parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Baltimore and working with many priests to help them improve the quality of their homilies," his son said.
He was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson, and Our Lady of the Fields Roman Catholic Church in Millersville.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Jan. 14 at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, 5800 Smith Ave., Mount Washington.
Also surviving are his wife of 58 years, the former Mary Patricia Pugh; another son, Gerard L. Gaudreau Jr. of Wilmington, Del.; a daughter, Kathleen G. Boehl of Wilmington, Del.; two brothers, William L. Gaudreau of Ruxton and David L. Gaudreau of Naples, Fla.; and four grandchildren.
Frederick N. Rasmussen