Louis Douglas Curet

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"And as for you brothers and sisters...never tire of doing what is good." 1 Thess 1:3
Louis Douglas Curet, a longtime resident of Baton Rouge, was born on November 3, 1927 in New Roads, LA. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday June 9, 2016. Louis was Co-Valedictorian of his Poydras High School class and went on to pursue a full and active student life at LSU. Upon graduation in 1948, he received an ROTC commission and designation as a Distinguished Military Graduate. He received his Juris Doctorate from the LSU Law Center in 1950 and served two years as First Lieutenant in the US Air Force Judge Advocate Department in Roswell, NM. Upon completion of his military service, Louis and his wife, the late Jean Harvey Curet, returned to Baton Rouge to make their home. Louis began a law practice with his colleague, the late Sam J. D'Amico, that would flourish for more than 55 years until his retirement in 2005. Louis served as President of the Baton Rouge Bar Association from 1972-1973 and was a Fellow with the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel as well as a longtime board member of the Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical Society. He was honored to have been inducted into the LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction in 2002 and received the Distinguished Attorney Award from the Louisiana Bar Foundation in 2004. Louis was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church for 65 years where he enjoyed lectoring at Mass. He was a deeply spiritual man who particularly enjoyed his annual retreat to Manresa Retreat House in Convent, LA. For over half a century, Louis tirelessly devoted his time to the service of his community. He was passionately and consistently engaged in the support of numerous charitable, religious and educational organizations such as the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Our Lady of the Lake Foundation Board, the Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. He was a proud cancer survivor who served on the Board of Directors of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer center and was a tenacious fundraiser on their behalf. He was humbled to be the recipient of the Golden Deeds Award in 2006. For decades Louis showed his dedication and passion for his beloved Alma Mater, LSU by supporting the LSU Alumni Association and the LSU Foundation. An avid Francophile, he lent his leadership to the French Department through his creation of the Friends of French Studies organization which has raised thousands of dollars in support of French at LSU. Louis also received the honor of being inducted into the LSU Cadets of the Ole War Skule Hall of Honor for LSU's military alumni in 2015. At LSU Graduation this May, he was honored to have donned cap and gown and be introduced on stage as an alumnus who had enthusiastically supported his Alma Mater in so many ways. The keynote speaker Dean Stacia Haynie challenged the new graduates to emulate his generosity and determination to give back. He was a longtime member of the Sigma Chi Alumni Association and a faithful and hard working member of the Downtown Kiwanis Club. Louis was an avid reader with an insatiable thirst for knowledge. He delighted in his weekly conversational French classes and enrolled in countless Lagniappe Studies courses. Louis was an avid fitness enthusiast who played tennis for many years and who exercised seven days a week until the day he died. He enjoyed spending time in New Roads and he cherished his Pointe Coupee heritage and wonderful upbringing there. His faith-filled cheerful and unwearying approach to life served as an inspiration to his family and to all who knew and loved him. He never met a stranger. He was so grateful for the many blessings he had received in life and was compassionate about tirelessly serving others and trying to make his community a better place. Louis is survived by his daughter Jeanne and her husband David McGuire James and his grandchildren Sally and her husband Wade Martin Svendson, Jr., William Louis James and Carter Curet James. He is also survived by his brother Adolph Bernard Curet of New Roads, LA, and brother-in-law and sister-in-law David and Nancy Harvey of Winter Park, FL, along with seven much-loved nieces and nephews and their spouses. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, the late Jean Harvey Curet, his parents A.B. and Rose Gosserand Curet of New Roads, LA, his grandson David McGuire James, Jr. and his sister-in-law Betty Grayson Curet. Visitation will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Monday, June 13, from 9-11am with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11am. Interment to follow at Roselawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be William Louis James, Carter Curet James, Wade Martin Svendson, Jr., Jeffrey Bond James, Adolph Bernard Curet III, Thomas Grayson Curet, Stephen Boyd Curet, and Michael Henry Curet. In lieu of flowers, the family gratefully requests donations to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, Our Lady of the Lake Foundation, Sacred Heart Catholic Church or the Pennington Biomedical Foundation. "We give thanks to God always for you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before God and Father your works of faith, labors of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ," 1 Thess 1:3. Rabenhorst at 825 Government St. is in charge of arrangements. Visit Rabenhorst.com for online condolences.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from June 10 to June 13, 2016