Visitation Friday for former LSU public relations director | Events
LSU is mourning the loss of Oscar Gabriel Richard III, former LSU director of public relations and member of LSU’s Ole War Skule Hall of Honor and the Manship School’s Hall of Fame.
Richard died Tuesday, May 7, at the age of 91.
Visitation will be held at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government Street in Baton Rouge, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 10, and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church with a funeral mass following at 1 p.m.
In his honor, LSU Interim System President and Chancellor William Jenkins will have the American flag on the Parade Ground flown at half-staff until Saturday at sundown.
The day after his graduation from LSU’s School of Journalism (now the Manship School of Mass Communication) in June 1942, Richard enrolled as an aviation cadet in the U.S. Army Air Corps, was selected as a bombardier and eventually assigned to the 384th Bomb Group of the Eighth Air Force, stationed at Grafton Underwood, England.
On Sept. 20, 1947, he married Billie Ruth Gathright. He began his career at LSU shortly thereafter, starting as a publications editor and ultimately becoming the director of public relations before retiring in 1984. During his tenure, he directed the operations of the Rural Life Museum and the LSU Museum of Art. The Rural Life Museum was the setting for a festive party celebrating his 90th birthday in December 2011.
He was inducted into LSU’s Ole War Skule Hall of Honor in the fall of 2003 and into the Manship School’s Hall of Fame in 2009. He rarely missed an LSU home football game, including the entire 2012 season.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Rural Life Museum, the LSU Foundation, or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
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