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Obituary: Dr. Gerard L. St. Martin, Sr. – Faculty 1960-94 – Athletic Comm. Mem. – Veteran – 2/11/18

Obituary for Gerard L. St. Martin Sr.
Gerard L. St. Martin Sr. Obituary

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist for Gerard L. St. Martin, 88, who passed away on February 13, 2018 at his home in Lafayette.
Burial will take place in Lafayette Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family requests that visiting hours be observed at Delhomme Funeral Home – Bertrand on Friday, February 16, 2018 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM. A Rosary will be recited on Friday evening at 6:30 PM in the funeral home. Visiting hours will continue on Saturday from 11:00AM until the time of service.
He was a native of La Place, Louisiana and resident of Lafayette since 1960.
He served in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1949. He earned his B.A. in French and English at then SLI and his M.A. and Ph.D. in French and Spanish at Tulane University. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, France.
He began his teaching career at then SLI (The University of Louisiana at Lafayette) in 1960 where he taught French until his retirement in 1994. Upon his retirement he was a volunteer at the Lafayette Parish Tourist Office, and a volunteer at the St. John Cathedral where he translated records from French to English. He was also a proofreader for the Acadiana Catholic for several years.
He is survived by his wife of 7 years, Louise Cornay Christman, his eldest son Gerard L. St. Martin, Jr. and wife Patricia St. Martin and family. He is also survived by son Stephen C. St. Martin and his family. He is also survived by one sister Marie Therese Richhart of Mooresville, IN.
He was preceded in death by his first wife of 42 years, Adele Cornay St. Martin, parents Peter B. St. Martin and Lizette Marie Labarre St. Martin; siblings Peter B. St. Martin, Jr., Lynette St. Martin, Leah Soulier, Roland J. St. Martin, Delphine Flynn, and Charles J. St. Martin.
The family would like to thank Dr. Kemp Coriel and Dr. Joseph Brierre and their respective staff for their excellent care and support.
Personal condolences may be sent to the St. Martin family at www.delhommefuneralhome.com.
Delhomme Funeral Home, 1011 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, LA is in charge of funeral arrangement
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Athletic Network Footnote by Dr. Ed Dugas.
It was my pleasure to serve with Dr. St. Martin on the USL Athletic Committee. He served as chair during the presidency of Dr. Ray Authement.
On occasion I had the unique experience of playing doudble badminton with the faculty group on Friday afternoons around 4:00 – either at McLaurin or Long Gym. Along with Gerard, Walter Craddock, Amos Simpson, and Bob Jones always made it a lot of fun.

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