Warren Lassiter Mengis was born Nov. 20, 1926, and died Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Nelda. He is also survived by his son, Michael, his wife, Jennifer, and their two children, Stephen and Leah; his son, Christopher "Scott," his wife, Janet, and their three children, Elizabeth, Christine and Stephanie; and his son, Joseph, his wife, Stacey, and their three children, Maria, Joseph Warren and Christopher. Warren was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. C.L. and Elizabeth Mengis; and his siblings, Dot, Carol, Betty, Peggy and Chris. Warren served in the U.S. Marine Corps from January 1945 until August 1946. He graduated from LSU Law School in 1950. He then served in the U.S. Air Force from July 1952 until December 1953. He was discharged from the Air Force as a first lieutenant and was subsequently promoted to the rank of captain in reserve. As he was fond of saying, Warren practiced law in Baton Rouge for "32 years and 2 months." He was appointed as an adjunct professor at LSU Law School in 1977. He joined the law school faculty full-time in 1982. Warren taught a number of civil law courses through the years and carried a full course load until his 80th birthday in 2006. Warren enjoyed the practice of law, but found fulfillment in his work as a law professor. Drawing on his experience, he focused on the practical aspects of law, both in his lectures and his publications. On three occasions, he was voted by the students of the law school as favorite professor. Warren joined Council 2807 of the Knights of Columbus in 1952 and subsequently served as a grand knight. Through the Knights of Columbus, Warren was introduced to Manresa House of Retreats in Convent. From 1952 until 2008, Warren missed only one annual retreat - due to his service in the U.S. Air Force. Warren served as a captain of his Manresa retreat group until 2005. Warren was also very active in his church, St. Louis King of France, where he was a founding parishioner, lecturer, CCD teacher and parish council member. He served as a member of the Lions Club. Honorary pallbearers are Justice Luther Cole (retired), Larry Durant, Jimmy Williams, all of Warren's former students, and the faculty and staff at LSU Law School. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visiting will resume at St. Louis King of France Catholic Church on Friday, Dec. 9, from 9:30 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m., celebrated by the Rev. Donald Blanchard. Burial with military honors will follow in Resthaven Gardens of Memory. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Manresa House of Retreats or another charitable organization.
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Published in The Advocate from Dec. 6 to Dec. 8, 2011