Alfred Edgar LaPointe died peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on June 4, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, Haydée Marie Druilhet and Alfred Harry La Pointe. He is survived by his beloved wife, Claire Ann Prinz LaPointe of 68 plus years, the meeting of whom he described as “the best thing that ever happened to him in his life”; five children: Michele L. Lehmann (Gary), Margot C. LaPointe, Ph.D. (Roger Zauel), Marc J. LaPointe, M.D. (Renée), Haidée T. LaPointe, and Andrée C. LaPointe; seven grandchildren: David M. Grishman (Amy McInerney), Michael C. Grishman (Pency Wilson), Elise LaPointe Kohan (Noah), Elizabeth LaPointe-Mader (Christiaan), Stephanie LaPointe Wingert (Drew), Heather LaPointe, and Justin Lehmann; and six great-grandchildren: Andrew, Benjamin, Ingrid, Zev, Nils and Ansel.
Al was born on January 22, 1929 in New Orleans, LA and has resided in Metairie, LA continuously since 1956. He was a graduate of Jesuit High School in New Orleans, and received B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics from Louisiana State University, where he was a member of the Sigma Pi Sigma honorary physics fraternity, Pi Mu Epsilon, honorary mathematics fraternity, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He was a geophysicist for 45 years, retiring from the U.S. Geological Survey/Minerals Management Service. He was a member and past president of the Southeastern Geophysical Society. He had a life-long love of tennis and played until 2012 as a member of the City Park Tennis Club where he served as a past president. Al also had a passion for LSU football, attending 50 years of games as a season-ticket holder. He was thrilled to watch all 4 LSU national championship games.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral mass on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at Noon, at St. Angela Merici Catholic Church, 901 Beverly Garden Dr., Metairie. Mass will be preceded by visitation from 10:00 am to 11:45 am and eulogies from 11:45 – Noon. All appropriate social distancing requirements will be observed. Burial service will be private.
In lieu of flowers, please send a contribution to Jesuit High School of New Orleans in memory of Al LaPointe (Class of ’45). The family invites you to share your thoughts, fond memories, and condolences online, at www.greenwoodfh.com.