Edmund M. Reggie, 1926-2013

Judge Edmund M. Reggie

Judge Edmund M. Reggie

LAFAYETTE, Louisiana – (November 19, 2013)    Former Crowley City Judge and longtime political stalwart Edmund M. Reggie, 87, died this morning at his Lafayette home while surrounded by his family. Along with his wife of 62 years, Doris Boustany Reggie, he also maintained a home on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts.

His eldest son, Ed Michael Reggie said:  “We were blessed to have had Dad for so long, although never long enough.  We are comforted by his deep faith and memories of his wonderful sense of humor, good nature, sharp mind and the love he gave all of us. We love him and will miss him beyond description, but will carry him in our hearts every single day.”

Reggie was born to parents who emigrated from Lebanon in 1920. Edmund Reggie, raised in Crowley, was thought to be among the most brilliant political minds in Louisiana. He was named Most Distinguished Young Democrat in Louisiana. Though he declined to run for higher public office he was active in the campaigns and administrations of several governors and presidents.

Throughout his career Reggie held many appointive positions in state government while refusing all compensation. Those positions include serving as Louisiana’s Commissioner of Public Welfare and Chairman of the Louisiana Mineral Board.  Reggie served as Chairman of the Louisiana Committee on Reorganization of the Executive Branch of State Government, consolidating 356 state agencies into 19.  He headed Governor Edwin Edwards’ transition team and later served as Executive Counsel to the Governor.

Reggie was closely associated with the Kennedy family beginning with a chance meeting with the future president John F. Kennedy and brother Robert Kennedy when Reggie was as a delegate to the 1956 Democratic Convention. Four years later, Reggie co-chaired the Louisiana campaign effort for Kennedy’s successful presidential run. In 1959, Reggie and his wife hosted the future president and Mrs. Kennedy at their Crowley home, a visit which included the future Democratic nominee’s speech at the city’s annual International Rice Festival. Reggie’s close bond and friendship with the family continued over the years and extended to campaigns for Senators Robert and Edward Kennedy in their respective bids for the White House. Reggie’s daughter Victoria was married to Senator Edward Kennedy from 1992 until his death in 2009.

A graduate of Southwestern Louisiana Institute, now the University of Louisiana, Reggie went on to receive his law degree from Tulane University and established his law practice in Crowley.  At age 24, Reggie was appointed Crowley city judge following the death of his predecessor, and ran successfully to remain in that position for 25 years, until his retirement from the bench in 1976.  In 2004 he was inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame in Winnfield.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by six children, 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brothers Emile A. Reggie and Samuel J. Reggie, and his sister Yvonne Reggie LaHood.

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Edmund Reggie inducted into Political Hall of Fame, 2004.

In 2004, Judge Edmund Reggie was among those inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum in Winnfield, Louisiana’s Political Hall of Fame.

On January 28 of that year, Senator Edward M. Kennedy paid a visit to the museum in honor of his father in law, Reggie.

“Usually, I’m either drawn here by Cajun cooking or by family,” said Kennedy. “Tonight, it’s family. My father-in-law has accomplished many great things for this state, and as you know, there are about as many Reggies here as there are Kennedys up north.”

Sketch of Edmund Reggie from the Louisiana Political Museum

Sketch of Edmund Reggie from the Louisiana Political Museum

Edmund Reggie Receives Hero’s Welcome in the Middle East, 1961

In 1960 Edmund Reggie helped lead John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign in Louisiana. After his inauguration, President Kennedy sent Reggie on a 1961 State Department diplomatic mission to the Middle East. In Lebanon, Reggie received a hero’s welcome in his family’s ancestral home of Ihden. This photo is among the most treasured by the Reggie Family.

Edmund Reggie carried into Zghorta Lebanon, 1961

Edmund Reggie carried into Zgharta Lebanon, 1961. Zgharta and Ihden are two neighboring towns with common heritage that are often regarded together as one place. The Maronite Christian faith is influential in this region.

Video: Edmund Reggie Family Christmas Portraits

It is a long held family tradition for the Reggie family to gather at Christmas and pose for a family photo. Here they are over the years.

 

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Archbishop Philip Hannan 1913-2011

Archbishop Philip Matthew Hannan was a dear friend of Edmund Reggie. He delivered eulogies for President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

Ted Kennedy, Edmund Reggie, Archbishop Hannan and Gus Weill

Archbishop Hannan shown here with Ted Kennedy, Edmund Reggie, and Gus Weill

 

 

Video: Edmund Reggie 70th Birthday Video Tribute

Edmund Reggie 70th Birthday Video Tribute from his children

 

 

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Edmund Reggie Family with Robert Kennedy

Edmund Reggie Family with Robert Kennedy in the office of the United States Attorney General, 1964

Edmund Reggie Family with Robert Kennedy in the office of the United States Attorney General, 1964

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JFK Visits Crowley Rice Festival, 1959

In October 1959, aspiring presidential candidate Senator John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie were guests at the International Rice Festival in Crowley, Louisiana. They were hosted by Judge and Mrs Edmund M. Reggie.

John F. Kennedy and Edmund Reggie at 1959 Rice Festival

John F. Kennedy addresses crowd at 1959 Rice Festival.

 

On Saturday, May 31, 2008, a marker was placed in Crowley Louisiana on the spot where Kennedy addressed a crowd of 135,000.

An extensive gallery of photos can be seen on the Reggie Family Archives.