Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Mr Richmond Minor Eustis 1945 - 2009

I never wrote about his battle with cancer becuase he was modest and would've been embarrased by the attention. Now that I can write about it I don't want to because I am mostly filled with heartache. I haven't yet begun to figure out what life is going to be like without him in it.

What follows is a lovely obiturary written by my brother, Richmond. It captures the essence of Pop perfectly.

EUSTIS Richmond Minor Eustis, a lawyer, died Saturday in his home in New Orleans after surviving cancer for nearly two years. He was 63. The son of David Eustis and Molly Minor Eustis, Richmond Eustis was born in New Orleans and graduated from Isidore Newman School. He earned a BS degree in economics from the University of Virginia, where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, and he earned a JD from Tulane University Law School. An expert in corporate and admiralty litigation, Eustis began practice at Phelps, Dunbar, then joined Monroe & Lemann, where he became a partner. He later founded the firm Eustis, O'Keefe & Gleason, where he practiced until shortly before his death. He was a member of the Maritime Institute and the Louisiana Bar Association, and was admitted to federal practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. His survivors include his wife of 38 years, Catherine BaƱos Eustis; two daughters, Julie Eustis Vaicius of New Orleans and Molly Minor Eustis of New York City; two sons, Richmond Minor Eustis, Jr. of Baton Rouge and Joshua Leeds Eustis of Chicago, IL; his brother David Leeds Eustis of New Orleans; his sister, Kate Eustis of Birmingham, AL; son-in-law, Christian Vaicius; two grandchildren, Lucy and James Vaicius, and more than a score of adoring nieces and nephews. His family and friends were gathered around him as he died. Eustis served on the board of the Children's Bureau and the New Orleans Board of Trade, and was an advisor to family-owned White Plantation. He was a member of the Inns of Court, the Sons of the Revolution, the Louisiana Club, and the Boston Club. In addition to his legal work and his board work, Eustis enjoyed working outside in his yard or around his Lafourche Parish house. Blessed with what he liked to call "a trivial mind," he was fond of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, of punning humor, and of the dogs who flocked to him. He also was one of a handful of people expert in the history, repair and maintenance of traditional Carnival flambeaux. Services are on Friday at noon at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., in New Orleans - where as a boy Eustis served as an acolyte. Burial will follow in Metairie Cemetery. Visitation at 11:00 in the church. In lieu of flowers, donations to: Trinity Episcopal Church Medical Mission, 1329 Jackson Ave. 70130; Kellermann Foundation/Burundi Community Health Center-Uganda, P.O. Box 1901 Penn Valley, CA 95946; or the Delta Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity at the University of Virginia, P.O. Box 400314, Charlottesville, VA 22904. To sign and view the Family Guestbook, please visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com.

Mr Richmond Minor Eustis 1945 - 2009 - Obituary - Tributes.com

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Kitty Brown said...

Beautiful words for such a wonderful man. Well done, Richmond. We love you guys and will see you very soon.