Adrian G. Duplantier

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Adrian G. Duplantier, a U.S. District Court judge, died on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007, after a valiant battle against cancer. Judge Duplantier served as a federal district judge for 29 years. He was in the Knights of Columbus and an active parishioner of Saint Francis Cabrini and St. Pius X. He enjoyed fishing and gardening with family and friends. Judge Duplantier was a 1945 graduate of Jesuit High School. He also graduated cum laude from Loyola University School of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Loyola Law Review in 1948-49. In 1988, Judge Duplantier earned a master of laws degree from the University of Virginia Law School. He served 16 consecutive years in the Louisiana Senate, first being elected in 1960. Then, he served as a judge in the Civil District Court in New Orleans for four years. He was appointed by the U.S. president to the federal District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in 1978. He received numerous professional awards during his career and served as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School. He shared his many talents and gifts with Boys Hope Girls Hope, Jesuit High School, Loyola University, Catholic charities and Association of Retarded Citizens. He was the beloved husband of 56 years of Sally Thomas, devoted father of Adrian G. "Casey" Jr., and wife Kay of Williamsburg, Va., David L. and wife Melanie of Madisonville, Thomas R. and wife Susan of Lafayette, Jeanne Marie and husband Leigh and Louise Marie Cragin and husband Tim of New Orleans, Sandy and wife Suzie of Mandeville, brother of Yvonne Pugh, Audrey Cerise and Warren Duplantier. He was the grandfather of 15 and great-grandfather of four. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was 78, a native and lifelong resident of New Orleans. In lieu of flowers, send contributions to Boys Hope Girls Hope, P.O. Box 19307, New Orleans, LA. 70179, Judge Adrian G. Duplantier Memorial Fund, Loyola University School of Law, 7214 St. Charles Ave., Box 909, New Orleans, LA 70118, Attention: Susan Dempsey or Jesuit High School, 4133 Banks St., New Orleans, LA 70119. Visitation is Friday, Aug. 17, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Schoen Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St., New Orleans. Family and friends are invited to attend the funeral service at Jesuit High School in the chapel of North American Martyrs Saturday, Aug. 18, at 9 a.m. with Mass at 11 a.m., followed by entombment in Lake Lawn Mausoleum. Online guestbook may be signed at http://www.legacy.com.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com on Aug. 17, 2007