Henry Parrott "Pat" Bacot
1941 - 2020
Rabenhorst Funeral Home & Crematory - Downtown
825 Government Street
Baton Rouge, LA
Professor Emeritus of Art History at Louisiana State University, Pat was passionate about teaching. His vocation was also his avocation, and he enlightened and entertained his family, friends and generation of students in preaching the good word of American and British decorative arts. When asked if he hunted, he replied "yes, antiques". Born on December 13, 1941 in Shreveport. His parents were 1st. Lt. Henry Parrott Bacot Sr., US Army Air Corp, born in South Carolina and Martha Jane Van Loan Bacot of Shreveport. Bacot held his BA degree from Baylor University and his MA degree in Museology and American Folk Art from the University of New York as a fellow of the Cooperstown Graduate Program. He was also a fellow of the Attingham Park Summer School for the Study of the English Country Houses and their contents. He met his wife Barbara at Baylor University, where they both majored in history, and this year they celebrated fifty years of a lively and happy marriage. In 1967 he began his career as the Curator of the university's Anglo-American Art Museum (now the LSU Museum of Art) and an Instructor in the Art History. Bacot formed important collections of Louisiana paintings, including the largest holdings of the opaque watercolors of Adrien Persac, one of Louisiana's most significant artist of the 19th century. He is largely responsible for the comprehensive collection of the arts and crafts produced by the Newcomb College. Through his vision the LSU Museum of Art now owns the largest collection of silverware made in New Orleans in the 19th century. Caroline Durieux, Louisiana's most notable graphic artist, was a firm friend. As a student Pat helped her make some electron prints. This friendship led to her giving the museum an almost complete run of her prints. With Bacot's focus on Louisiana's fine and decorative arts, he formed a collection of 18th and early 19th century Louisiana-made furniture. Under his direction, the holdings in American and British art were expanded. A recognized scholar, Bacot co-authored with Charles L. Mackie and Carrie T. Mackie the first in-depth study of New Orleans- made silverware of the 18th and 19th centuries, Crescent City Silver. His book 19the Century Lighting 1783-1883, was also well received. Marie Adrien Persac, Louisiana Artist, was written with his wife Barbara SoRelle Bacot, Sally Kitteridge Reeves, John Magill and John H. Lawrence. The Victorian Society in America called it "a sumptuous and exquisitely produced book" and awarded the book its 2000 Ruth Emery Award for best regional book. Bacot and Jack D. Holden, MD were the principal co-authors of Furnishing Louisiana, Creole and Acadian Furniture: 1735-1835. This was a lifelong project of collecting and researching for both and the book is a landmark publication on this subject. Bacot, wrote numerous articles for professional and popular journals including The Magazine Antiques. He also wrote catalogs for exhibitions he curated for the university's Art Museum. Additionally, Bacot presented papers at every major antiques forum in America. Always active in the historic preservation movement Bacot served on several boards and as interiors consultant for a number of public and private restorations in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. His unquestioned favorite was Magnolia Mound, the Creole raised cottage in Baton Rouge. He continued to be active in those projects following his retirement from LSU in 2008. A memorial service will be held at St. James Episcopal Church on his 79th birthday, December 13 at 3PM. He and his beloved wife, Barbara SoRelle Bacot survives him as do his brother John Carroll Hamilton III, his nephew J. Graham Hamilton and a great niece Pearl Hamilton, all of Austin, Texas. He leaves behind a legion of wonderful and dear friends. In lieu of flowers kindly make donations in his memory to Magnolia Mound Plantation or the LSU foundation for the LSU Museum of Art. The funeral will be held at the Pavilion in the San Marcus, Texas Cemetery next week. He will be buried, "in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection" and in the assurance that his heavenly mansion is Federal. To view and sign the online guestbook, please visit www.rabenhorst.com.
Published by The Advocate from Oct. 14 to Oct. 15, 2020.
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With a heavy heart and still in a state of shock.
I profoundly send my sincere condolences to Mrs. Barbara and the rest of the family.
May the Lord fill the void Mr. Pat has left and May the Lord comfort you at this time.
I was however privileged to have known Mr. Pat and Mrs Barbara and Mr Pat created a long lasting impression on me. His poise, class, taste, quick-wit, deep thought and integrity are the indelible characters that I will always remember of him. He was a father-figure to me, a great friend and a man of courage.
May you continue to rest in eternal perfect peace and May the Grace of God continue to abide with you Dear MsBarbara
Emmanuel Akinosho
October 26, 2020
Don and I were deeply saddened to learn of Pat's death. He contributed so much to LSU and to us personally. We will always remember his graciousness as the curator of the Anglo-American Art Museum at LSU. His love of art and history and all things Louisiana will be deeply missed.


Darlyne and Donald Nemeth
Don and Darlyne Nemeth
October 20, 2020
Bruce Baker
October 19, 2020
Barbara, Thinking of you, remembering Pat with warmest memories.
Carolyn Porter
October 17, 2020
I was so saddened to read if Pat’s passing. It brought back what is one of my fondest memories - interviewing him and Winnie Byrd about Magnolia Mound last year. The passion of these two in saving this historic house was infectious. Please know you’re in my thoughts and prayers.
Pam Bordelon
October 16, 2020
Dear Barbara, I am so sorry to hear of Pat's passing. He was such a good man that contributed so much to our world. He made a difference and he definitely made my world better. My deepest sympathies to you and know that I have you in my prayers.
Dick Hudgens
October 15, 2020
Dear Barbara - my deepest sympathies for your great loss. The world will shine less brightly without Pat in it.
October 14, 2020
Pat, you will be missed. You touched my life in such a positive way.
Thank You.
Jerelyn Mouch
October 14, 2020
Dear Pat, you will be terribly missed We love you.
Jeane Cooper
October 14, 2020
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