Louis Florval Generes III, born November 20, 1927, died on October 1, 2019 at the age of 91. He is survived by his beloved wife, Jeannette Champagne Generes, of 44 years. Father of Louis “Val” Generes IV (Celeste Jones Generes), Ariane Generes MacAlester (Lee MacAlester Jr.), Christian Generes (Alicia Torres Generes), Jourdan Generes (Beth Buchert Generes), and stepfather of Todd Engelhardt (Shirley Metzger Engelhardt). Grandfather of thirteen (13) grandchildren - Anna Grace Generes, Olivia Generes, Reed MacAlester, Ava MacAlester, Samantha Generes, Gabrielle Generes, Zachary Generes, Margaret Generes, Jacques Generes, Benjamin Generes, Evelyn Generes, Alex Engelhardt, and Hillary Engelhardt. Brother of Carmen Generes Gravois, Patricia Generes Becker, and preceded in death by Beverly Generes Harper and Robert Generes.
He was born and raised in New Orleans, having graduated from St Aloysius High School in 1944. He then received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, another degree in Education, and then a Master’s degree in School Administration from Louisiana State University. He later received a Doctor of Education degree from University of New Orleans in Supervision and Instruction. Doctor Generes taught Mathematics for one year, then attended Catholic University in Washington, DC and Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, where he was ordained a diocesan priest on June 9, 1956.
“Father” Generes served two years as assistant priest at St. Mary’s Church in New Roads where he established the Cofraternity of Christian Doctrine, began the first summer religious education program for public school children, and spearheaded the campaign for the construction of a new Pointe Coupee Catholic elementary and high school building. In Chauvin, Louisiana, he then served three years as an assistant priest and teacher at the newly established St Joseph Catholic High School.
In the Summer of 1961, he was reassigned to the New Orleans area where he served as Assistant Superintendent, then Superintendent of the Archdiocesan School System until his appointment in 1972 as pastor of St Angela Merici Church in Metairie. During his eleven year tenure in the Archdiocese School Office, Father Generes served as Director of Secondary Education and teacher personnel for some 200 schools, 90,000 students, and 2,600 professional staff members. As Superintendent, he developed a central office procedure for the recruitment, screening and referral of teacher personnel, setup a centralized filing procedure for the elementary and secondary schools of the Archdiocese, established a new policy – making Archdiocesan Board of Education, and conducted the 1970 Education Task Force which laid the groundwork for the establishment of local parish school boards throughout Greater New Orleans Area.
After 17 years as a Diocesan priest, he decided to leave the priesthood and was granted dispensation from a vow of celibacy. In 1973, “Dr G.” as many of his students called him, returned to the public school system as a Mathematics teacher at Trist Middle School in St. Bernard Parish for three years and then to Jefferson Parish until his retirement in 2003. During his tenure with the Jefferson Parish School System he served as counselor or administrator at some eleven different schools and as a summer school principal at many more. His last position before retirement was as Dean, then Assistant Principal at J. D. Meisler Middle School.
Friends and family are invited to celebrate his life at a Funeral Mass Friday, October 4, 2019 at 12 Noon at St. Dominic Church, located at 775 Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA. Visitation hours will begin at 10am at St. Dominic Church before Mass. Burial and Celebration of Life Reception to follow. Guest book at www.greenwoodfh.com
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