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Lloyd Gaubert Sr


Lloyd Gaubert Sr


Lloyd Gaubert Sr., 84, company founder
Thursday, December 15, 2005

Lloyd Francis Gaubert Sr., the founder and owner of L.F. Gaubert & Co. in New Orleans, died Monday at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center. He was 84.

Mr. Gaubert was born in Thibodaux and lived in New Orleans for almost 60 years. He evacuated to Thibodaux after Hurricane Katrina. He graduated from Thibodaux High School, lettered 3 years in football (1937-39) and was known as “Bruiser.”

He founded his company, which manufactures and distributes marine and industrial cables, in 1947 and remained its chief executive officer until his death.

He was active in many civic organizations and in the 1960s, as chairman of the Regional Planning Commission, worked closely with New Orleans Mayor Victor Schiro on plans for redeveloping the Poydras Street corridor.

Mr. Gaubert graduated from Thibodaux High School, where he lettered three years in football, and studied at Southwestern Louisiana Institute in 1939-41, the University of Southern California in 1941-42 and Texas Christian University in 1946-47.

During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps and also was a student and tooling engineer for Consolidated Aircraft Corp. in San Diego. After the war, he was a project engineer at Convair's Fort Worth, Texas, plant before moving to New Orleans and starting his company.

Mr. Gaubert was a past president of the Michoud Industrial Complex, a forerunner of the present New Orleans Business and Industrial District, and a member of the Mayor's Coordinating Committee for NASA, which helped establish the Michoud Assembly Facility in the 1960s.

He was active in many Carnival organizations, serving as president of Eros and king of Hermes and Mid-City, and in 1961 founded Mid-City's annual Greatest Bands in Dixie competition.

He was a student at Southwestern Louisiana (1939-41), University of Southern California (1941-42), Texas Christian University (1946-47). student and tooling engineer for Consolidated Aircraft Corp., San Diego (1941-45). He was project engineer at Fort Worth plant Convair (1946-47); founder, owner and CEO of L.F. Gaubert and Co, Inc., New Orleans (1947 - present); president of Michoud Industrial Complex, Inc., Marine Industrial Cable Corporation; Carmel Development Corporation; director of First National Bank of Commerce; president of Ramada Inn Thibodaux; chairman of the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission; New Orleans Mayor’s Coordinating Committee for NASA (1961-63); member of the board of directors of the Better Business Bureau, New Orleans; member of the Metropolitan New Orleans Safety Council; commissioner of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad; member of the New Orleans Traffic and Transportation Bureau; USCG Academy Foundation; member of the New Orleans Opera House Association; trustee of Christian Brothers; trustee of WYES-TV; founder and chairman of Mid-City Carnival Club “The Greatest Bands in Dixie”; served as a pilot with the United States Army Air Force (1942-45). He was president of the American Society of Tooling and Manufacturing Engineers (1948-49); member of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, The American Society of Naval Engineers, The Louisiana Engineering Society, and president and state director of the Navy League. He was also a member of the New Orleans Petroleum Club, the Executive Committee of the Sugar Bowl, and the President’s Advisory Council Loyola University (1989). American Legion, GOP supporter, Man of Manresa for 46 years, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest (1989); member of the Plimsoll Club, Board of Trade, New Orleans Petroleum, International House, President of Eros Carnival Club (1960-1989), Board of Hermes Carnival Club (1978-1989); board of director and member of Planning of New Orleans City Park in 1969, chairman Recreation Committee General Charles de Gaulle (1960), Optimists Club president (1957-58), Lieutenant Governor, (1959-70). Member Ancient Order of Hibernian; Grand Marshall Thibodaux Fire Department, (1974). He was the member of American Legion & Knights of Columbus; He was presented the key to the City of Thibodaux (2004); awarded “Man of the Year” for Christian Brothers (1989), “St. Louis Medallion” Archdiocese of New Orleans by Archbishop Francis B. Schulte (1990); he was “First Prize Winner Overall” March of Dimes Le Gourmet International Gala Celebrity Chefs (1990).

He was a past president of the American Society of Tooling and Manufacturing Engineers, president and state director of the Navy League, and a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, the American Society of Naval Engineers and the Louisiana Engineering Society.

Mr. Gaubert also was a former board member of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad and the Better Business Bureau, a trustee of the Christian Brothers School and WYES-TV, and a member of the Metropolitan Safety Council, the New Orleans Traffic and Transportation Bureau and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Foundation.

In Thibodaux, he was president of the Ramada Inn, grand marshal of the city's Fire Department in 1974 and was presented a key to the city in 2004.

He was a past president of the Optimists Club and a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus, the New Orleans Petroleum Club, the International House, the Executive Committee of the Sugar Bowl and the President's Advisory Council at Loyola University.

He was a parishioner of St. Frances Cabrini and St. Pius X Catholic churches and was named Man of the Year for the Christian Brothers in 1989, was awarded the St. Louis Medallion of the Archdiocese of New Orleans by Archbishop Francis Schulte in 1990 and was active in raising money for Our Lady of Holy Cross College.

He was named first-prize winner of the March of Dimes annual Gourmet Gala celebrity chefs competition in 1990.

Survivors include four sons, Lloyd Gaubert Jr., Bruce, Blane and Greg Gaubert; two daughters, Leonise Ditoro and GiGi Burk; 20 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A Mass will be said today at 11 a.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 6666 Spanish Fort Blvd. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Thibodaux. Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

A Mass also will be said Friday at 11 a.m. at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Student Center of Nicholls State University, 204 Madewood Drive, Thibodaux. Visitation in Thibodaux will be today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Landry's Funeral Home, 821 Canal Blvd., and Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Aquinas Center.

Thibodaux, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana | December 21, 2005

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