A man who produced buildings throughout Louisiana which are still more vibrant, honest and fitting reflections of their functions, time and place and which represent the highest aspirations of the institutions they represent has died. Lewis E. "Ed" Miremont, of the former architectural/engineering firm of Desmond-Miremont, died Tuesday at his home in Baton Rouge surrounded by his family. He was 91. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and was a native of Plaquemine, Louisiana. There will be a private funeral and internment at a later date.
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He was a registered professional engineer, a graduate of LSU and a U.S. Veteran of WWII, serving as a radioman on the USS Lackawanna (AO-40), a fueling ship which was awarded nine battle stars for service in the Pacific. The Oiler replenished fighting ships throughout the Pacific, most notably the invasion of Okinawa.
He will be deeply missed by those who loved him, among them Linda, his wife and best friend of 35 years. He is also survived by a sister, Dorothy Dupuy and his five children (and spouses): Thomas (Patti), Timothy, John (Kristina), Daniel and Denise (Kevin) all of Baton Rouge. He leaves six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Lillian Leche, sisters Margaret Cazes, Mary Breaux, Jessie Pauline and a son James (Jimmy). The firm of Desmond-Miremont designed buildings that represent the highest architectural design principles possible. They represent the diversity and structure of Baton Rouge and its surroundings and are as structurally sound and imposing as the day they were built. The firm has received countless awards and other recognitions of superior achievement.
Ed was a member of the Louisiana Engineering Society, associate member of the Louisiana Architects Association, the West Baton Rouge Historical Commission, the American Arbitration Association Foundation Board, OLOL Regional Medical Center Foundation Board, a real estate broker, the Baton Rouge Country Club and a West Baton Rouge Special Deputy.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Children's Hospital at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, 5000 Hennessey Blvd., Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806 or One For The Road Foundation, 6811 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70806 or St. Joseph's Hospice.
Ed and Linda make friends where ever they go and have spent numerous summers camping in Montana.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Jan. 22, 2015