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In Memory

Jeffery La Fage

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12/20/12 07:29 PM #1    

Leonard Santos (Santos)

I remember learning years ago that Jeff LaFage had been murdered on the streets of New Orleans. Our upcoming reunion led me to reminisce about my friendship with Jeff,and to wonder about his untimely death. In a moment of curiosity, I Googled his name and stumbled on the following article from the The Times Picayune. I found it reassuring that he had accomplished a lot in his 44 years.


Jeffery LaFage's crusade to save the French Quarter from Formosan termites made a dramatic breakthrough in July 1989.

The Louisiana State University entomologist persuaded state museum officials, pest-control operators and community leaders to cooperate in a research program he believed would eliminate the termites as a significant threat in the Quarter.

With that agreement LaFage could begin testing his idea for a chemical bait system that could kill the termites by delivering poison to their nests.

Before returning to Baton Rouge, LaFage had dinner with Tamra Carboni, who represented French Quarter residents and worked for the Louisiana State Museum, to celebrate and talk about the future. LaFage's wife, Wendy, had sent along two bottles of brandy to celebrate the agreement.

But within hours LaFage, 44, would be dead on the street and his plans for rescuing the Quarter delayed by almost a decade.

''I live in the French Quarter and he was walking me to my home when we were confronted by someone with a gun,'' Carboni said. ''The intent was clearly to rob us.'"


The whole story appears at: http://www.nola.com/speced/homewreckers/day4murder1.html.

01/07/13 05:11 PM #2    

Holt Anderson

Obituary for Jeff La Fage


Died 10:30 'p.m. Tuesday, July 25, 1989.

He was 44, a native of Waterbury, Conn., and resident of Baton Rouge.  He was an LSU entomology professor and co-principal of Centaur Records Inc.  Services at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St., at 4p.m. Thursday.  No visitation is scheduled.  Burial in New England.  Survived by wife Wendy La Fage; parents, Barbara and Harry La Fage, Watertown, Conn.: two daughters, Tiffany and Meredith La Fage, both of Baton Rouge; and friends, including Victor E. Sachse and Esther McGuire.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mt. Hermon School Scholarship Fund, Northfield, Mass.

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