PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Father Louis M. Ouellette, 80, a Missionary of Our Lady of La Salette, died on March 23, 2015, at the Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs.
He was born May 26, 1934, in Hartford, a son of the late Anthony and Ruth (Marsden) Ouellette. He attended Our Lady of Sorrows School and La Salette Seminary High School in Hartford before entering the Missionaries of La Salette Novitiate in Bloomfield in 1954. He professed his first vows on July 2, 1955, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 27, 1961, at the La Salette Seminary in Ipswich, Mass.
Following his ordination, Father Ouellette was named professor at the La Salette Seminary in Altamont, N.Y. While there, he continued his graduate studies and received a doctorate in molecular biology in 1973 from the University of Pennsylvania. He published many articles about his research and was highly esteemed by his colleagues in the medical science field. Father Ouellette was executive secretary of the Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md., for several years.
In addition to his La Salette confreres, Father Ouellette is survived by a sister, Ruth Ann Ouellette of Hartford; and five brothers, Anthony of Southington, William of Enfield, Richard and John of West Hartford and Jerry of Simsbury; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Thomas.
A Mass of Christian Burial was concelebrated March 30 Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Hartford. Burial was in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield.