Richard Ormonde Plater, age 82, of New Orleans, passed away peacefully on August 6, 2016, in the presence of his family. Ormonde was born on September 6, 1933, in New York City to Richard C. Plater, Jr. and Eleanore Leake. He graduated with a B.A. in English from Vanderbilt University in 1955. He received an M.A., in 1965, and a Ph.D. in English from Tulane University in 1969. Ormonde worked as a reporter for the Knickerbocker News in Albany, NY, and The Vieux Carré Courier in New Orleans and taught at the University of New Orleans. He was a co-owner of Acadia Plantation in Thibodaux. In 1971, Ormonde was ordained a deacon at St. Anna's Episcopal Church. He devoted much of his life to the church and was a mentor to many during his time as a deacon. In 1998, he was appointed as Archdeacon by Bishop Charles Jenkins and served as director of the diaconate program, secretary of vocations, and secretary of the liturgy. Ormonde retired in 2007 but remained heavily involved in the church. He paved the way for many in his devotion to bringing women's soccer to the state of Louisiana. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Treadway Plater, formerly of Albany, New York; daughter, Nancy Plater; daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth Plater Cropp and Charles Cropp; son and daughter-in-law, George Ormonde Plater and Lori Carleson Plater of Solvang, CA; and four grandchildren, Isabelle Cropp, Piers Cropp, Lance Plater, and Kayla Plater, a brother, David D. Plater (Sheela), of Thibodaux; and nieces and nephews. Mass to be held on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at St. Anna's Episcopal Church. A visitation from 11:00 AM to1:00 PM, and Mass at 1:15PM with a Jazz Second Line to follow. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Anna's Episcopal Church. Condolences may be expressed online at www.tharpsontheimerfh.com.
Published by The New Orleans Advocate from Aug. 8 to Aug. 13, 2016.