Frank Leo Faust

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Frank Leo Faust, M.D., born January 2, 1916, passed away peacefully on February 10, 2013, preceded in death by his beloved wife of 66 years, Ruth. He was also preceded in death by his parents Frank L. Faust and Catherine Molenaar Faust, one brother Gordon W. Faust, and three sisters Marion Faust Marquer, Lydia Faust, and Ivy Faust. Leo and Ruth dedicated their lives as parents of their four boys: Frank Leo Faust. Jr.; Ronald James Faust, MD; Barry Francis Faust, MD; and Donald Charles Faust, MD. He is survived by Frank Leo Faust, Jr., (wife Dominique) of Keswick, Virginia, and their daughter Alix Odile Paget-Brown, M.D., (husband David) and two great grandchildren, Alexander Elliott and Chloe Elise. He is also survived by his second son Ronald James Faust, M.D. (wife Claire) of Nisswa, Minnesota, grand daughter Jennifer Faust Lefebvre (husband Pete), great grandchildren- George Leo and Ivy Jane; Dr. Lisa Jane Faust, and Jonathan Andrew Faust, M.D. (wife Jessie ) great grand children-Oliver James and Evan Andrew. Ruth's and Leo's third son, Barry Francis Faust, M.D. (wife Denise) of New Orleans have four children, James Reuter Faust, Jacqueline Ruth Faust, D.D.S., Barry Francis Faust, Jr., M.D. and Alexandre Leo Faust. Ruth and Leo's fourth son is Donald Charles Faust, M.D. (wife Mary Kay) also of New Orleans, with grand children Katherine Celeste Faust, M.D., Donald Charles Faust, Jr. and the late Elizabeth Leigh Faust. Dr. Faust was a lifelong resident of New Orleans, LA. He attended Jesuit High School (Class of 1933) and Tulane University School of Medicine (Class of 1940) where he was a member of the national honorary society, Alpha Omega Alpha. While in medical school he taught anatomy for two years before completing his degree in Medicine. He was a medical officer in the US Navy during WWII who reported for duty on December 8, 1941, the day after Pearl Harbor. He was attached to the Pacific Submarine group in Honolulu, Hawaii, and bases at Attu Island, Alaska. During the war he was trained in anesthesiology at Leahy Clinic in Boston, MA for the impending invasion of Japan. He retired as a Commander in the US Navy Reserves. He was instrumental in the development of the New Orleans Graduate Medical Assembly, a precursor to the numerous professional medical societies dedicated to physician education. He trained under the world famous cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Rudolf Matas, and trained with Dr. Michael Debakey and Dr. Alton Ochsner in their early professional years at the Touro Infirmary. He published the seminal article on stellate ganglion blocks in "The Journal of Anesthesiology", a technique used in most pain management facilities. He was a close friend and advisor to Dr. John Adriani, a pioneer of anesthesiology and the director of it at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. Dr. Faust popularized the use of spinal anesthesia in New Orleans after the war. Both Leo and Ruth understood the primary importance of education in achieving life's goals. They created an environment in which their four sons never questioned the value of education and this has carried on to all their grandchildren. Dr. Faust practiced anesthesiology at the Southern Baptist Hospital until his retirement in 1978. As a physician he had a marvelous bedside manner. His hobbies included cabinet making and furniture repair and refinishing. He was an avid golfer. He had a wonderful sense of humor to the great enjoyment of his family and friends. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at LAKE LAWN METAIRIE FUNERAL HOME, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 11 a.m., followed by interment in All Saints Mausoleum. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be sent to Jesuit High School (4133 Banks Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70119), the Father Mullahy Fund at Loyola University (6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118), or the . Please visit and sign the family guestbook at www.lakelawnmetairie.com.
Published in TheAdvocate.com from Feb. 11 to Feb. 16, 2013
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