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February 14, 2013
Becky, Danny and Bryan & all the other Dessauer family. Herb was a great guy, husband, dad, grand dad, brother & my cousin. I always admired his brain and great interests in science. He told me he preferred being out in the swamps or jungles to being the boss at LSU biochem. Arguing about leave, promotions or assignments was not as much fun as in the field. We shared a great interest in reptiles and my brother, Willie & I brought him specimens many times. His middle name is "Clay", same as mine. We inherited the name from our common grandfather, Harry Hill Patin, who named my dad's middle name Clay and I am Jr. Herb's mom, Shirley, put the Clay in his name. I recall discusions with Herb on genetics long before the discovery of DNA. Herb was brilliant and I loved talking with him. He was also a great Marathon runner and ran at least annually. God bless Herb & all his family. Herb told me life is a journey. Well now you've gone on far ahead. Rest well my dear cousin, Love, Harold
February 14, 2013
I have lost my first cousin, dear friend and mentor. He was a very special, one of a kind, great man; all who knew him will miss him!
February 14, 2013
Herb was one of the main reasons that I took a faculty position in that department. He was always a wonderful friend and colleague.
February 14, 2013
My memories of Herb will always live with me. The great times that we had in the barracks building at the LSU Dental School with the alligator tanks, vegetable gardens fertilized by those alligator tanks (!) and the wonderful meals that Herb, Roland and Tom Coulson and Jack Herbert were always cooking. Somehow they also managed to do some great science! For years we had our weekly biochemistry seminars there and the food those guys would provide was amazing--oysters on the half shell and mounds of crawfish. In addition they would host our departmental Christmas Party. Herb was such an incredible person and made everyone's life at work so much better. I miss those days very much and will miss Herb even more because of them.
February 13, 2013
Becky, Danny and Bryan,
What about those Dessauer men ? They just don't come better than Papa, my dad and Uncle Herb. Whenever anyone asked if I was related to Dr. Dessauer, I would nearly burst with pride. His warmth, generosity and mischievous grin made this world a better place. My family loved him and will miss him.

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