Maurice Josef Laurier
1926 – 2015
YORKTOWN – Maurice Josef Laurier, Naval Architect and Marine Engineer, passed away on October 9, 2015.
He was born in Faulkton, South Dakota on October 11, 1926, lived in Fairfield, Iowa and Hempstead, New York. He attended Manhattan College in New York City, the United States Merchant Marine Academy and graduated from Webb Institute receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering plus a commission in the US Naval Reserve. Mr. Laurier was later a Sloan Fellow at MIT earning a Master’s Degree.
Upon graduating from Webb Institute Mr. Laurier went to work at Electric Boat/General Dynamics for twenty-one years. He was involved with the first two nuclear powered submarines. He spent over a year at the National Reactor Test Station in Idaho, and later became senior test engineer during the start-up and sea trials of USS Nautilus.
At the end of 1971 Mr. Laurier resigned from General Dynamics and in 1972 bought the Greenway Marine Railway, in Gloucester and the name was changed to Glass Marine. In 1974 he designed the “Chesapeake Forty” and the Chesapeake Work Boat Company was established. In 1988 Glass Marine was sold and Mr. Laurier established his private Marine Surveying and Engineering Consulting Practice.
Mr. Laurier was a life member of the Webb Alumni Association, The United States Naval Institute and longtime member and volunteer at the Waterman’s Museum in Yorktown, Virginia.
He was preceded in death by his first wife of 33 years Margaret Lee Shiver Laurier his second wife Nancy Laing Cole Laurier and son Brian Douglas Laurier. Survivors include, his son David Bruce Laurier and wife Lisa, daughter Karen Lee Laurier Morisato plus four grandchildren, Allison Morisato, Garrett Morisato, Margueritte de Laurier and Alice Mcgillicudy.
The family will receive friends Monday, October 12, 2015 at Hogg Funeral Home Gloucester Point from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. Services and Inurnment will be held at a later date in Mystic, Connecticut. Should friends desire, contributions may be made to Web Institute, 298 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove, New York 11542-1398 or Waterman’s Museum, Post Office Box 519, Yorktown, Virginia 23690. Arrangements by Hogg Funeral Home and Crematory, Gloucester Point.
Published in Daily Press on Oct. 11, 2015
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