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Dr. Doris Bentley , née Broussard (Deceased)

222 Amelia Street
Lafayette, LA 70506


Home Phone: 337-232-2970
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Email: dbb4117@louisiana.edu

DORIS B. BENTLEY BS 1938,MS 1956, PHD 1971 at LSU
222 Amelia Street
Lafayette, LA 70506

Joined faculty at then USL in the Fall of 1959 in the Department of
“Secretarial Science.” My “classroom” was on the stage of old Martin
Hall along with Dukie Able at the card sorter at one end of the stage,
Dr. Oliver’s huge computer in the center, and the department’s “model
office” at the other end. The card sorter went “clickety clack;” the
computer went “clack, clack, clack;” along with graduate student
Bloomberg’s bass voice, and the automatic typewriter called a
Flexowriter in my “model office” adding to the noise. My duty was to
give the secretaries-to-be “real” office experiences. How happy we were
when F. G. Mouton was built and we moved into our new “model office.”

In 1971 I earned the doctorate and Dean Hamilton appointed me Department
Head of the newly named Department of Office Administration upon the
retirement of Miss Hulda Erath. When I attended the National Association
of Business Educators, I realized that Miss Erath had developed one of
the best programs in the nation to prepare young women to be
“Administrative Assistant to CEOs of any corporation. Many of our
students did just that!

Dr. Bentley retired from the USL faculty in 1986.

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Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at an 11:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial in La Chapelle de Martin & Castille in Lafayette for Dr. Doris Broussard Bentley, 95, who passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 7, 2015, at her home in Lafayette.

Reverend William Ruskoski, Associate Pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Broussard will be the Celebrant of the funeral Mass and will conduct the funeral services.

Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Lafayette.

Born July 8, 1919, in Loreauville, Louisiana, daughter of the late Jean Edmond Broussard and Martha Camos Broussard, Dr. Bentley graduated from the New Iberia High School and Louisiana State University. She served as the first administrative secretary at McNeese University (1939-1943.) She taught at Brusly High (1938) and New Iberia High School (1953-1959) and joined the faculty of The University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1959. She became Department Head of Office Administration in 1972 and retired in 1986.

She was active in the American Association of University Women, Delta Kappa Gamma, and Kappa Kappa Iota, Friends of the Humanities, and Catholic Daughters of America. She was a charter member of the Mayor’s Commission on the Needs of Women, and served on the Municipal Civil Service Board of Lafayette, and the Bayou Girl Scout Council Board. After retirement, she served at the local, state, and regional levels of SCORE (the Service Corps of Retired Executives.) She was recognized for her interest in women’s issues. She was a member of various professional associations.

Survivors include five children, George F. Bentley, Jr., and wife Janis of Lafayette; Edmond B. Bentley and wife Evelyn of Houston, Texas; Suzanne Bentley-Smith, and husband Thomas of Baton Rouge; Richard C. Bentley and wife Carol, of Lafayette; and William C. Bentley and wife Julie of Tomball, Texas, and eleven grandchildren, and eighteen great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George F. Bentley, Sr., her parents, Jean Edmond and Martha Camos Broussard, a brother J. E. Broussard, Jr., and her grandson George F. Bentley, III.

Pallbearers will be Daniel J. Bentley, Richard T. Bentley-Smith, Carlo D. Bentley, Walter Camos, Steven Camos and Eddie W. Bankston. Honorary pallbearer will be Raymond Cloninger

The family will receive friends at Martin & Castille’s DOWNTOWN location on Tuesday from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM and on Wednesday from 8:00 AM until the time of the service.

A Rosary will be prayed on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

Athletic Network Footnote by Ed Dugas
Dr. Bentley’s son, Edmond Broussard “Bruce” Bentley, was a manager/player for the men’s basketball team, 1966-69.
She was a mentor and friend to many at the university and in the Lafayette community. A friend of the Athletic Network, she continued to email us during the Fall 2015 – always supportive and complimentary about the AN.