The Coast Guard community lost a dear friend recently, when Captain Paul E. Deveau passed away from cancer on April 25. To honor his memory, anonymous donors have generously spearheaded a $50,000 matching gift campaign for the newly established Paul E. Deveau Scholarship Fund here at the Coast Guard Foundation.
These generous donors, close personal friends of Capt. Deveau, have agreed to match all donations, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000, to create this new scholarship fund, which will provide dependent children of Coast Guard enlisted personnel with scholarship money to help defray college expenses.
This will be an endowment fund, which others can contribute to, and build over the years. Awards will be given in early May 2013 to high school and college scholars who, like Captain Deveau, never quit, and who will go to college beyond all the odds and make a lasting difference in this world.
Coast Guard Captain Paul Deveau.
Paul was firm in his faith, with a gentle soul. He was kind and patient, with a contagious smile and a good sense of humor, who truly enjoyed family time, coaching his daughters in soccer, his prayer time at Eucharistic Adoration, reading, going on marathon bike rides, playing soccer and racquetball, cooking, volunteering at church, and fishing, all while being a huge fan of New England sports teams, Bruce Springsteen and the St. Louis Jesuits!
Paul loved his family immensely and together they truly enjoyed his CG career. In Paul's Coast Guard career, he had the privilege to extensively travel the US with his family.
His assignments included: buoy tending from Florida to Maryland and New York, teaching mathematics and assist coaching soccer at the USCG Academy, working as an Aide to a Senator on Capitol Hill, commanding and navigating two buoy tenders through the Alaskan waters, becoming the G-OCC Systems Division Chief, serving as the executive assistant to the Commander of the Coast Guard's Pacific Area, commanding the WVA Operation Systems Center, and participating in the Department of Homeland Security Fellows Program and working as the Deputy Transition Officer on the DHS Presidential Transition Team, and serving as the CG-6 Acting Deputy Assistant Commandant.
Paul was dedicated, confident and diligent in all he did and his personal Coast Guard awards include the Legion of Merit, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals with the Operational Distinguishing Device, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal with the Operational Distinguishing Device, and the Naval Order Award as the Outstanding Junior Military Faculty member at the Coast Guard Academy.