Adolphe G. Gueymard

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A native of St. Gabriel, he died on Monday, Dec. 8, 2008, in Houston, where he resided for the past 60 years. He was 95. Preceded in death by his parents, Adolphe and Felicie Babin Gueymard; wife, Josephine Roberts Gueymard; brothers, Dr. T.H. Gueymard, Ernest A. Gueymard and Joffre L. "Shot" Gueymard; and sisters, Marguerite Haydock and Marie Pegg. He is survived by his nephews, Davis Gueymard, of Baton Rouge, Robert Haydock, of San Francisco, J. Thomas Pegg, of Vicksburg, and Joffre Gueymard Jr., of Alpharetta, Ga.; and nieces, Anne Shirley, of Baton Rouge, Joan McCloskey, of Morgan City, and Kathleen Gueymard, of Denver. He was a 1935 graduate of LSU with a degree in petroleum engineering and served as senior vice president and manager of the energy division of First City National Bank of Houston until his retirement in 1973, after which he served as a member of the board of directors of several national and multinational corporations, including Zapata Corp., Camco Inc., British Bornco Exploration, First City National Bank of Houston, Harrisburg Bank and Maxwell Laboratories. He had long been noted for his fervent support of LSU as well as other educational institutions. He served as president of the LSU Foundation in 1969, was one of the founders of Campanile Charities and established the Gueymard Professorship in Geology and Geophysics at LSU. In 2000, he was inducted into the LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction and in 2006 into the LSU Basic Sciences Hall of Distinction. His military service during World War II in the 101st Airborne is somewhat legendary. He was in the third glider plane to land behind the enemy lines at Normandy on D-Day, fought in the Battle of the Bulge and survived the siege of Bastogne. He was twice the recipient of the Bronze Star. Visitation at St. Gabriel Catholic Church on Friday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. until funeral service at 10 a.m. Entombment in the St. Gabriel Church Cemetery.
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