Douglas Graham Drennan II

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Mr. Douglas Graham Drennan II, 52, died Sunday, July 20, 2014. Mr. Drennan was a life-long resident of New Orleans. He was a graduate of Isidore Newman School, University of New Orleans, and Mississippi State University. After receiving his Masters Degree from MSU, he worked as the Aquaculture Specialist for Mississippi Delta Community College, and then for the Civil Engineering Aquatics Systems Laboratory at Louisiana State University. In 1995, he founded Aquaculture Systems Technologies, LLC. Until the time of his death, he served as Managing Member and President of Aquaculture Systems Technologies, LLC and as General Manager of Aquaculture Supply, LLC. Mr. Drennan had a very long-term commitment to the Aquaculture Industry. He was instrumental in promoting aquaculture as a teaching tool to secondary and vocational schools and worked closely with several schools in the New Orleans area. He authored several peer-reviewed publications and numerous conference papers, and he presented scientific papers at numerous national and international conferences. Mr. Drennan had been a member of the World Aquaculture Society since 1987, and he was elected Vice-President of the U.S. Aquaculture Society in 2002. Additionally, he had been a member of the American Fisheries Society since 1987. In 1990 he served on the AFS Student Affairs committee, in 1994 he served as chairman of the AFS Student Activities Committee for the Bioengineering Section, and in 1995 he served on the AFS Aquaculture Committee of the Southern Division. He was also a member of the American Tilapia Association and the Aquaculture Engineering Society. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the U.S. Aquaculture Suppliers Association in 1997 and was at the time of his death serving his final year as President of that organization. In 1998, Mr. Drennan was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Aquaculture Association and was serving his second term on the board when he died. As a member of the NAA board of directors, he twice served as chairman of the Auction Committee and was at the time of his death the chairman of the Research and Product Development Committee. He also served as a member of the WAS Long Range Planning Committee from 1999 until his death. Mr. Drennan was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited, and he was extremely active with the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana. He was a CCA Executive Committee Member, a CCA Louisiana State Board Member, and he served as the CCA Louisiana Delta Chapter President from 2010 until the time of his death. Mr. Drennan was a member of the Pickwick Club, the Southern Yacht Club, and several carnival organizations. Mr. Drennan was preceded in death by his father, Wallace Campbell Drennan, Jr. He is survived by his beloved wife of 23 years, Catherine Conery Hassinger Drennan; his mother, Susan Wilder Drennan Roddy; his parents-in-law, Robert Conery Hassinger and Elizabeth Bolton Hassinger; his children, Douglas Graham Drennan III, Elizabeth Wilder Drennan, and Robert Bolton Drennan; his brothers, Wallace Campbell Drennan III, Jonathan Wilder Drennan, and Patrick Delery Drennan; his sisters-in-law, Gretchen Steinbaugh Drennan, Claudia Claverie Carrere, Mary Hassinger Schmidt, and Betsy Hassinger Van Horn; his brothers-in-law, Justin Burton Schmidt and Herbert Wood Van Horn IV, and Michael Charles Higgins; and his nieces and nephews, Charlotte, Caroline, Campbell, Emily, Jonathan, and Peter Drennan; Cooper and Cole Higgins; Calder, Conery, Ellie and Anna Schmidt; and Wade, Henry and Liam Van Horn. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Service at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1545 State Street, on Saturday, July 26, at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow in Metairie Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:00 Noon until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Isidore Newman School (1903 Jefferson Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70115), Louise S. McGehee School (2343 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA 70130), St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church (1545 State Street, New Orleans, LA 70118), or Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana (P.O. Box 86458, Baton Rouge, LA 70879) are preferred. To view and sign the guest book, visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com.
Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from July 24 to July 26, 2014
Douglas Graham Drennan
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