Woodbridge resident and Yale graduate, Anne Boucher, was among a select group of alumni honored in 2017 with the prestigious Yale Medal. It is the highest award given by the Association of Yale Alumni, bestowed on individuals who, according to the association website, not only show extraordinary devotion to the ideals of the university, but also are “conspicuous in demonstrating their support of Yale.”
Boucher, a member of the class of 1980, was honored as a “tireless advocate for Yale women’s crew,” and for her more recent involvement with YaleWomen, an interest group committed to advancing women’s voices and perspectives.
“It was such a shock,” Boucher said of the morning last April when she received a call informing her of the nomination. The official announcement happened in July, followed by an award dinner in November, during which she and four others were feted in the presence of their classmates, friends and family.
The morning after the awards night she met with friends and coaches for a celebratory breakfast at the Yale boathouse in Derby. As a surprise, the women’s crew had named a boat after her, a cherry on the top of the recognitions.
Boucher has built a network of fellow rowers, both as captain of the Yale team and after her graduation, continuing to reach out to alumnae of other years to bring them together and keep them engaged. She also was recognized as an active officer of the Yale Crew Association on which she served for more than a decade, and for successful fundraising campaigns for the Gilder Boathouse and the Friends of Yale Women’s Crew Head Coach endowment.
Rowing still is very much a part of her life, even 35-plus years later, balancing her hobby with a career in IT and raising three children in Woodbridge. In the summer she rows on the Housatonic, but regattas take her to places far and wide, from the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston to the Masters World Championship which last year were held in Slovenia. “It’s great fun,” she said about her travels.
In her senior year, the history major took a Yale computer programming class which set her on a technological career path. For close to 30 years she has been part of the 3M Health Information Systems, rising to a managerial level in software development. In the Woodbridge community she contributes by volunteering for Massaro Community Farm, where she serves on the board. She also served on the farm education committee, which coordinates numerous activities for future gardeners.
The Yale Alumni Association recognized her contributions, both for the school and the community. “We honor these individuals for their remarkable contributions, and we recognize that they do honor to Yale and to all of us in the alumni community,” they wrote on their website.
Pictured: Anne Boucher, third from right, was honored by Yale Alumni for her support for the women’s crew program. Fellow crew members recognized her in their own way, by naming a boat after her.
By Bettina Thiel – Woodbridge Town News Correspondent