Edward S. Bopp

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Edward Sidney Bopp, Jr.


Louisiana State Representative
for District 103 (Orleans and
St. Bernard parishes)
In office
1977–1984
Preceded by Richard Alvin Tonry
Succeeded by Edward Ripoll

Born November 28, 1930
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Died September 16, 2015 (aged 84)
New Orleans
Resting place St. Patrick Cemetery No. 2 in New Orleans
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Patricia Planche Bopp
Children Dr. Felix P. Bopp

Captain E. Michael Bopp
Eric A. Bopp
Sydney Bopp Perez
Kelly Bopp Weiss

Residence New Orleans, Louisiana

Arabi, St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana

Alma mater Alcée Fortier High School

University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Occupation Attorney; Pharmacist

Bank director

Religion Roman Catholic
Military Service
Service/branch United States Navy Reserve (1948-1952)
Years of service 1948-1952

Edward Sidney Bopp, Jr. (November 28, 1930 – September 16, 2015),[1] was a pharmacist and attorney from his native New Orleans, Louisiana, who served from 1977 to 1984 as a Democraic state representative for District 103 encompassing part of Orleans and St. Bernard parishes.[2]

Career

Bopp graduated in 1949 from Alcée Fortier High School in New Orleans, named for the famous Tulane University languages professor Alcée Fortier (1856-1917). From 1948 to 1952, he served in the United States Navy Reserve. He obtained a pharmacy degree in 1955 from the University of Mississippi at Oxford, Mississippi, and was engaged for a number of years in that profession, including assignments as an adjunct professor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and the historically black Xavier University of Louisian] in New Orleans. He owned a drug store in St. Bernard Parish from 1960 to 1968. From 1967 to 1968, he was the state president of the Louisiana Pharmaceutical Association. In 1957, he studied at the American Institute of Banking. From 1956 to 1996, he was a director of the St. Bernard Bank and Trust Company (since Hibernia National Bank and Capital One). He has also owned properties in the French Quarter of New Orleans.[3]

In 1963, he received a Bachelor of Law degree from the Roman Catholic-affiliated Loyola University New Orleans College of Law; his 1968, his Juris Doctorate from the same institution. He practiced law from 1963 to 1995, at which time he became a part-time attorney "at counsel". He is a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association.[3]

Bopp is listed in Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in Education, Who's Who in American Politics, and Who's Who in Commerce and Industry.[3]

Political life

From 1972 to 1977, Bopp was an elected member of the former Louisiana Board of Elementary Education for Louisiana's 1st congressional district.[3] The governing body is now known as the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Early in 1977, Bopp won a special election to succeed Representative Richard Alvin Tonry (1935-2012), who was elected to the United States House of Representatives for Louisiana's 1st congressional district.

After six years in office, Bopp led a four-candidate field in the nonpartisan blanket primary held on October 22, 1983, with 5,631 votes (37.3 percent). Republican Edward Conrad "Bud" Ripoll, Jr. (1924-2006), the owner of the popular New Orleans bar, Bud Rip's, claimed the second position in the general election with 3,426 votes (22.7 percent). Trailing in third place, sixty-one votes behind Ripoll, was another Democrat, later Republican, businessman Kenneth L. Odinet, Sr., of Arabi in St. Bernard Parish. Finishing fourth was Richard Tonry, with 2,693 votes (17.8 percent). whom Bopp had succeeded six years earlier and who had been forced from Congress] after only eight months in his seat because of a campaign finance scandal. In this same election cycle, Democrat Edwin Edwards unseated one-term Republican Governor David C. Treen.[4] In the second round of balloting, Ripoll unseated Bopp, 5,266 votes (53.1 percent) to 4,649 (46.9 percent).[5]

In 1981, Bopp co-chaired a committee charged with the investigation of delays in the processing of Medicaid claims in Louisiana. The Medicaid processor was fined for the third time for alleged contract violations. Bopp reported that a rural clinic had collected only a third of the amount that it had billed Medicaid. "We have to insure that proper health care is available to the poor. The Computer Company is doing its best to solve the problem. But we've got hospitals and drug stores threatening to abandon the program. We can't have that." Bopp said. The company replied that the problem stemmed from a change in state forms and extra auditing procedures.[6]

Personal life

Bopp was a member of the Roman Catholic Knights of Columbus and the Knights Templar. Bopp and his wife, the former Patricia Planche (1933-2016) had five children, Dr. Felix P. Bopp, Captain E. Michael Bopp, attorney Eric A. Bopp, Sydney Bopp Perez, and Kelly Bopp Weiss.[3][1]

Early in his career, he was a member of the Jaycees. He was active in the Masonic lodge at numerous levels of service. He was affiliated with the American Legion, Rotary International, Crime Stoppers, and the Boy Scouts. He was a former chairman of the board of the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum.[3]

In addition to New Orleans, Bopp like Odinet and Ripoll resided in Arabi.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Edward Sidney "Eddie" Bopp, Jr.. findagrave.com. Retrieved on August 12, 2020.
  2. Membership of the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812-2024: Orleans and St. Bernard parishes. Louisiana House of Representatives. Retrieved on August 12, 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Edward S. Bopp. bopplawfirm.com. Retrieved on August 12, 2020.
  4. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 22, 1983.
  5. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, November 19, 1983.
  6. Bill Liberia (September 7, 1981). La. Medicaid Processor Fined for Third Time for Alleged Contract Violations. Computer World. Retrieved on August 12, 2020.