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Adolphe G. Gueymard

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ADOLPHE G. GUEYMARD, 95, a native of St. Gabriel, Louisiana, died on Monday, the 8th of December, in Houston, where he resided for the past sixty years. Mr. Gueymard graduated from LSU in 1935, with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. He served as Senior Vice President and Manager of the Energy Division of First City National Bank of Houston until his retirement in 1973. After retirement, he served as a member of the Board of Directors of several national and multinational corporations including Zapata Corporation, Camco, Inc., British Bornco Exploration, First City National Bank of Houston, Harrisburg Bank and Maxwell Laboratories. He has long been noted for his fervent support of LSU, as well as the University of St. Thomas and other educational institutions. Mr. Gueymard served as President of the LSU Foundation in 1969, and was one of the founders of Campanile Charities and established the Gueymard Professorship in Geology & Geophysics at the University. In 2000, he was inducted into the LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction and in 2006, into the LSU Basic Sciences Hall of Distinction. His military service during World War II, in the 101st Airborne is somewhat legendary. He was in the third glider plane to land behind enemy lines at Normandy on D-day, fought in the Battle of the Bulge and survived the siege of Bastogne. He was twice the recipient of the Bronze Star. He was preceded in death by his parents, the late Adolphe and Felicia Babin Gueymard; his wife, the late Josephine Roberts Gueymard; his brothers, the late Dr. T. H. Gueymard, Ernest A. Gueymard and Joffre T. "Shot" Gueymard; and his sisters, The late Marguerite Haydock and Marie Pegg. He is survived by his nephews, David Gueymard of Baton Rouge, Robert Haydock of San Francisco, J. Thomas Pegg of Vicksburg, Mississippi and Joffre Gueymard, Jr. of Alpharetta, Georgia; and his nieces, Anne Shirley of Baton Rouge, Joan McCloskey of Morgan City, Louisiana, and Kathleen Gueymard of Denver. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six until eight o'clock in the evening on Wednesday, the 10th of December, in the Library of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston. Additionally, friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from nine until ten o'clock in the morning on Friday, the 12th of December, at St. Gabriel Catholic Church of St. Gabriel, Louisiana, where the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at ten o'clock. The entombment service will immediately follow in the St. Gabriel Church Cemetery.

Published in Houston Chronicle on Dec. 10, 2008
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