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Judge Duplantier was generous benefactor of Loyola University

Loyola press release - August 15, 2007


The Honorable Adrian G. Duplantier died on August 15, 2007. He was 78 years old.

Judge Duplantier was a 1949 graduate of the Loyola Law School and involved and supportive of the College of Law throughout the years. He contributed to various law college funds and with his wife, established the Sally and Adrian Duplantier Boys Hope Girls Hope Scholarship fund. “Judge Duplantier was an outstanding example of Jesuit education; he was smart, intelligent, and caring, and spent his life in service to society,” said Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., president of Loyola University New Orleans.

Judge Adrian Duplantier served as the United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana since his appointment in 1978, receiving senior status in 1994.

From 1974 to 1978, Judge Duplantier served as judge for the Civil District Court in Orleans Parish. From 1950-1974, he was in private general practice of law in New Orleans and also served as a state senator from 1960-1974. He was a mayoral candidate in 1961. From 1954-1956, he served as first assistant district attorney in Orleans Parish. He was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 1950 and admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court in 1954 where he successfully argued three cases on behalf of the district attorney's office.


In addition to the practice of law, Judge Duplantier dedicated a considerable amount of time to teaching. He was a lecturer in Loyola's English department from 1948-1950 and taught dental jurisprudence at Loyola's School of Dentistry and the Louisiana State University Dental School. He was an adjunct professor of Civil Procedure and Trail Advocacy at the Loyola School of Law from 1951-1991.

Judge Duplantier graduated with honors from Jesuit High School in 1945 and earned his juris doctor degree cum laude from Loyola School of Law in 1949. In 1988, he received his master of laws degree in the judicial process from the University of Virginia School of Law. In 1993, he received an honorary doctor of laws degree at the Loyola School of Law commencement. (Three of his sons, David, Thomas, and John (Sandy), all received a juris doctor degree from Loyola School of Law in 1978, 1980, and 1987 respectively; his grandson, Joshua is a 2008 Loyola School of Law juris doctor candidate.)

Judge Duplantier was involved with many activities in his community. He served as president of Associated Catholic Charities' Social Welfare Planning Council, member of the advisory boards of St. Mary's Dominican College from 1970-1971, Ursuline Academy from 1968-1973 and Mount Carmel Academy from 1965-1969. He served as president of the advisory council of Jesuit High School from 1980-1981 and was a member of that council from 1976 to the present. He served as chairman of the board of directors of Boys Hope since 1980 and served on the Boys Hope national board of directors from 1982-1992. He is also actively involved with the Association of Retarded Children.


In 1996, Duplantier was appointed by the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist to serve as chairman of the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules. He and his wife established the Adrian and Sally Duplantier Family Foundation through the Greater New Orleans Foundation in 1997, as well as the Adrian G. Duplantier Jesuit High School Scholarship fund. He had been a member of the board of directors for The French-American Chamber of Commerce, Louisiana Chapter and was the first non-French citizen to have been inducted into the honorary "Compagnons de Beaujolais" in October 2002. Other memberships include the American Bar Association, Louisiana Bar Association, New Orleans Bar Association, Louisiana State Law Institute, Louisiana Bar Foundation, Judicial Conference of the United States, Order of the Coif and Alpha Sigma Nu (a Jesuit scholarship, loyalty, and service organization).


He was a highly recognized person and some of his awards include: The Junior Chamber of Commerce's Outstanding Young Man in the Greater New Orleans Area in 1960; the 1965 Meritorious Award from the New Orleans Association of Retarded Children; Governor's Certificate of Merit in 1970; Jesuit's Alumnus of the Year in 1983; and Holmes and Germaine Monteil's Volunteer Activist award for Outstanding Volunteer Service in 1986. Most recently, he was inducted into the Jesuit High School’s Hall of Honors for his work with Boys Hope, and was honored with an award from the Federal Judges Association created to acknowledge his accomplishments. The award, in future years, will be called “the Adrian.”

Judge Duplantier was an active member and benefactor of Loyola University New Orleans. While in school, he was a member of Upsilon Beta Lambda fraternity, editor-in-chief of the Loyola Law Review from 1948-1949, and served on its editorial board from 1947-1948. In 1949, he received the Loyola Law School Faculty Award given annually to the graduate with the highest scholastic average. He was the 1985 recipient of the Adjutor Hominum Award presented to an outstanding alumnus whose life exemplifies those characteristics that Loyola seeks to form in its graduates. He was an emeritus member and former chair of the Loyola Law School Visiting Committee. He was past president and board member of the Loyola Law School Alumni Association.

He and his wife established the Sally and Adrian Duplantier Boys Hope Scholarship at Loyola in 1998 to benefit outstanding Boys Hope residents who attend Loyola. Duplantier is the 1998 recipient of the St. Ives Award presented to a Loyola law graduate who has volunteered his services to the law school or university. He is a 2001 recipient of the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center's public service award. He is a member of both the Society of St. Ignatius and the Heritage Society. He established the Bernard J. Ward Jurist-in-Residence fund in memory of his former classmate and has also been a generous contributor to the Michaelle Pitard Wynne Distinguished Visiting Professor fund among others.

Judge Duplantier, the beloved husband of 56 years of Sally Thomas, devoted father of Adrian G “Casey” Jr., (Kay) of Williamsburg, VA., David L., (Melanie) of Madisonville, LA., Thomas R., (Susan) of Lafayette, LA., Jeanne Marie, (Leigh) of New Orleans, Louise Marie Cragin, (Tim) of New Orleans, Sandy ( Suzie) of Mandeville, LA. Brother of Yvonne Pugh, Audrey Cerise, and Warren Duplantier. Grandfather of fifteen and great-grandfather of four. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Age 78 years. A native and lifelong resident of New Orleans.


In lieu of flowers, send contributions to:

Boys Hope Girls Hope, P.O. Box 19307, New Orleans, LA. 70179.

Judge Adrian G. Duplantier Memorial Fund, Loyola University School of Law, 7214 St. Charles Ave., Box 909, New Orleans, LA. 70118, Att: Susan Dempsey.

Jesuit High School, 4133 Banks St., New Orleans, LA. 70119.

Visitation will be on Friday, August 17, 2007, from 6:00 pm until 9:00pm at Schoen Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St., New Orleans, LA. Family and Friends are invited to attend the funeral services at Jesuit High School in the chapel of North American Martyrs Saturday, August 18th at 9:00 am with Mass at 11:00 am, followed by interment in Lake Lawn Mausoleum. Online guestbook may be signed at www.legacy.com