Horace C. “Tobe” Bouchelion, 58, a Prince George's County addictions counselor and retired colonel in the Army Medical Service Corps who served in Vietnam during the war there, died of heart complications May 26, 1998 at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax, Virginia. He had undergone a heart transplant seven years ago.
Dr. Bouchelion received his Army commission in 1960. Before retiring from active duty in 1987, he was stationed in the United States, Vietnam, Germany and Korea. His military decorations included the Bronze Star with combat “V,” the Legion of Merit and five Meritorious Service awards.
He was a consultant with the American Psychological Association in Washington from 1987 to 1989, then joined the Prince George's County government in the administration directorate of its public health department. At the time of his death, he worked for the health department as a national master addictions counselor.
Dr. Bouchelion, who lived in Fort Washington, was a graduate of Spring Hill College in his native Mobile, Alabama. He received a master's in education and a doctorate in public administration, both from Nova University in Florida.
He was a lay reader, acolyte coordinator and past vestry member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Fort Washington, Prince George's chapter president of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, and senior vice commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7459 in Fort Washington. He also was a member of the Roscoe C. Cartwright Lodge of the Prince Hall Masons in Accokeek.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Sandra Jones Bouchelion of Fort Washington; two sons, Dr. Bryan Conrad Bouchelion of West Point, N.Y., and Erik Adrian Bouchelion of Fort Washington; and a brother, Conrad, of Hayward, Calif.
BOUCHELION, HORACE C., Ph.D., COL, USA (Ret.)
On May 26, 1998, survived by his loving wife, Sandra; two sons; one daughter-in-law; one brother; two granddaughters; and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 5 at St. John's Episcopal Church, 9801 Livingston Rd., Ft. Washington, MD. Interment, with full military honors, Arlington National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Heart Transplant Center.
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