Eugene J. Murret, Sr., Louisiana's First Judicial Administrator. Eugene J. Murret, Sr., a New Orleans native and resident of Denver, passed away October 5, 2021, at age 89. Over the course of four decades, he served as Louisiana's first judicial administrator, a top federal court executive, and an international court management expert. A graduate of Jesuit High School New Orleans, he attended undergraduate and law school at Loyola University New Orleans, receiving a bachelor's degree in 1954 and a Juris Doctorate in 1959, with a two-year tour with the U.S. Army in between. He studied at Loyola Law on the G.I. Bill, serving as an editor of Law Review, a Moot Court champion, and a member of the Blue Key National Honor Association and Alpha Sigma Nu, a national Jesuit honor society, among other clubs and affiliations. Subsequently, he joined the Jesuit novitiate at Spring Hill College, where he earned a Master of Arts in the Philosophy of Law before discerning that his spiritual calling was to have a family. While studying to receive a Master of Laws from the New York University School of Law, he met and dated Kathleen Corley. After a year of long-distance letters and visits, they married on July 4, 1969, in the Lady Chapel at St. Patrick's Cathedral. Together, they would have four children and six grandchildren, to whom he was completely devoted. Gene Murret served as Executive Counsel to Louisiana Governor John McKeithen. In 1971, he was hired as Louisiana's first Judicial Administrator of the Louisiana Supreme Court, a role he cherished and served for 17 years. In 1988, he was appointed Circuit Executive of the U.S. Tenth Circuit, headquartered in Denver and was sworn into his position by Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Byron White. He headed overseas in 1995 to Cambodia with the International Human Rights Law Group, beginning a 20-year stint of international consulting to court systems and court management. He served as Clerk of Court to the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau, and a Court Administration Advisor to the East-West Management Institute, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, then Serbia, and the National Center for State Courts' Judicial Reform and Government Accountability Project in Serbia. In all, Gene Murret spent 41 years improving, advising and overseeing Louisiana, federal and international court systems. Gene Murret was a graduate and Fellow of the National Center for State Courts' Institute for Court Management, in Williamsburg, Va. and received a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study Law, Courts and Society at University of Virginia Law School. He also studied court administration at the Federal Judicial Center's Summer Institute for Senior Court Managers in Washington, D.C. In addition, he taught part-time in the Denver University and Loyola New Orleans law schools. His many career affiliations include membership, roles and responsibilities with the Louisiana State Bar Association and the American Bar Association and service as President of the Alumni Board of Directors for Loyola New Orleans. He avidly participated in spiritual work at Louisiana's Manresa House of Retreats, leadership on the Board of Trustees for St. Mary's Academy in Denver and Children's House Montessori School in New Orleans, and recently, participation in Bible study with the Denver Archdiocese. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, his children, Patricia Murret, Claire Murret Moynihan (Brandon), Cecilia Murret Saunders (Scott) and John Murret (Theresa), as well as his grandchildren, Camille, Leon and Margot Moynihan, Cian and Emmett Saunders and Emilia Murret. He is also survived by his brothers Charles and John "Boogie" Murret, his sister-in-law Mary Lynn, and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles Ferdinand and Lillian Claverie Murret and his sisters, Joyce Murret O'Brien and Marilyn Dorothea Murret. A Catholic funeral will be held Thursday, October 14, 2021, at 10 a.m., mountain at Church of the Risen Christ in Denver, followed by a noon burial at Fairmount Cemetery, and a reception at home. The Mass will be livestreamed at risenchristchurch.org
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. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider a donation to the Jesuits Central and Southern Province, USA, the Loyola University New Orleans Student Hardship Fund or Law Student Hardship Fund, or the charity of your choice
Published by The Advocate from Oct. 11 to Oct. 14, 2021.