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Roger Joseph Cloutier

July 25, 1930 January 27, 2019
Roger Joseph Cloutier
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Obituary for Roger Joseph Cloutier

Roger J. Cloutier passed away peacefully at home on January 27, 2019. He was 88 years old.
Born July 25, 1930 in North Attleboro Massachusetts, Roger was the son of J. Donat Cloutier and Ludivique Precourt Cloutier and is survived by his wife of 64 years Linda McAuslan Cloutier. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and served as a Radarman 2nd Class aboard the Cruiser USS TOLEDO and the Destroyer USS Gainard during the Korean War.
Arriving in Oak Ridge in 1959, Roger worked as a scientist and retired from Oak Ridge Associated Universities after 33 years. He directed programs in health physics, medical physics, and environmental sciences. He was also active in the national Health Physics Society and served as its president in the early 1980’s and later received the Founder’s Award in 2000. His professional contributions include helping create many health standards and practices within the field of radiation and nuclear science. In the Oak Ridge Community, he served on several not-for-profit boards including Youth Haven, Clinch River Home Health and the Community Relations Committee.
It’s difficult to appropriately pay tribute to Roger’s scientific achievements in part because he was so quiet about them. In addition to the Health Physics Society Founder’s Award, he was the recipient of the Loevinger- Berman Award given in recognition of excellence pertaining to the field of internal dosimetry; in 1996 the proceedings of the Sixth Annual International Radiopharmaceutical Symposium were dedicated to Roger and his protege Evelyn Watson “these two remarkable scientists and their contributions to internal dosimetry”.
Roger, ever the teacher, must have especially liked the recognition given his colleague.
He delighted in exploring the mysteries of the universe, science and perhaps most especially, human behavior with anyone ready to share a cup of coffee and a few minutes. People fortunate enough to share these moments came away with a renewed sense of wonder and perhaps more questions than ever……which was always exactly Roger’s point: keep asking questions because you never know where they might lead. With a ready wit and ever-present twinkle in his eye he would probe, inquire, suggest, cajole, question and question again without ever belittling the beliefs of his companion. He was interested in everyone’s opinion no matter their background. Even during his final days he was quizzing his care givers on the engineering principles of the medical equipment he had around him.
Roger became active in Civil Rights at a time and place when it was difficult to do so and remained passionate about the cause his entire life. He was a man of compassion in all matters and could not ignore the injustice he saw.
He spent a lifetime studying the world around us and along the way he embraced a statement by Copernicus, the scientist who stopped the Sun’s movement around the earth: “Most of our arrogance, including my own, is due to our ignorance. And most of our ignorance is due to the brevity of our life. We die when we have just begun to learn, and before we have had a chance to evaluate our own little contribution to the wisdom of the world”. Roger’s contributions were rich indeed and improved the lives of millions of people.
As for next chapters, of one thing we can be sure. Wherever his new adventure has taken him, he is looking around and asking questions. Lots and lots of questions.
A church service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 10:00 am with family greeting visitors prior to the service. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Clinch River Home Health, the Southern Poverty Law Center or Artists of Indian America, Inc. (Bonnie Jo Hunt) at 6636 Mossman Place NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110.
Arrangements by Weatherford Mortuary. An online guest book can be signed at

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10:00 AM 2/2/2019 10:00:00 AM
Saint Mary's Catholic Church

327 Vermont Avenue
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Family will greet visitors prior to the service.

Saint Mary's Catholic Church
327 Vermont Avenue Oak Ridge 37830 TN
United States

Memorial Contribution

Artists of Indian America Inc.

6636 Mossman Place NE
Albuqueraue, NM 87110

Clinch River Home Health

401 Sulpher Springs Road
Clinton, TN 37716

Southern Poverty Law Center

400 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104

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