SYLVERE HILAIRE COUSSEMENT, 78, passed away Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at home. Sylvere, or "Cous" as he was known to his friends, was born in Roubaix, France the son of Hilaire Prosper and Augustine Josephine Coussement. He graduated with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Detroit (1964) and received an Ed.S. degree in Educational Research (statistics) from the University of Alabama (1996), as well as a Ph.D. degree in Mass Communications, University of Alabama, in 1999. He joined the United States Air Force in 1955 as an aviation cadet. From 1959 to 1972, he served in the Michigan and Maryland Air National Guards. His total years of military service spanned a 24 year period, with 16 years in the USAF and eight years in the Alabama Army National Guard. In 1971, he was named President of Hyde Petrochemical Corporation, and in 1976, he became President and CEO of Replex Corporation, a company specializing in the reprocessing and compound manufacturing of polyolefins. When the business shut down in early 1982, due to a disastrous fire, he found his passion. Cous founded Kozy's, an upscale restaurant and bar in Tuscaloosa, Ala. in 1985. Known as the restaurant for "French cuisine with an American accent," it had a superlative wine and beer list in an atmosphere decorated with over 200 black and white movie posters of Hollywood stars from the 1930's to 1960's. In 2000, he and his wife set sail on their 42 foot sailboat "Orca" with two dogs and a cat. They arrived in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela in 2001, imported a car, and traveled around South America, writing articles for The Tuscaloosa News, part of The New York Times group. Most recently, he was a visiting professor with Indiana University/Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Ind. in the College of Health and Human Services, Department of Consumer and Family Sciences where he taught marketing, cost control, food selection and preparation, as well as an introductory course to hospitality management. He is survived by his loving wife Martha; and two Welsh terriers, Morgan and Bryce; and one Venezuelan cat, Flamenca. A Memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations can be made in his memory to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). D. O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Chapel in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guest book, please go to www.mccombandsons.com
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Jan. 5, 2014