Frem Boustany, Sr.

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Frem F. Boustany, Sr.​​​​

(Businessman and civic figure
in Lafayette, Louisiana)​​


Born January 12, 1903​​​
Deir El Kamar, Lebanon
Died November 28, 1993 (aged 90)​​
Lafayette, Louisiana

Resting place:
​​ St. John's Cathedral Cemetery in Lafayette​​

Spouse Beatrice Joseph Boustany (married until her death in 1988)​

Three children, including:
​ Dr. Frem Boustany, Jr. (1928-1988) Parents:
​ Mr. and Mrs. Michel Boustany

Frem F. Boustany, Sr. (January 12, 1903 – November 28, 1993), was a Lebanese-American businessman and civic figure in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Background

Boustany was born in Deir el Kamar, Lebanon; he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michel Boustany. He migrated to Lafayette in 1920, along with other family members. He and his wife, the former Beatrice Joseph (1912-1988), whom he married when she was sixteen, had three children.[1][2]

Career

Boustany worked in grocery and merchandise stores in business with his brothers, Alfred and Francis. In 1947, Boustany bought an interest in Huval Baking Company, of which he was first the executive vice president and general manager until he became sole owner in 1962. In 1965, he purchased the Bunny Bread Company plant in New Orleans. In 1976, Huval merged with Flowers Industries, Inc. Boustany was the president of the Tri-State Baking Association. He sat on the board of directors of the Southern Bakers Association, American Bakers Association, and American Bakers Cooperative.[1]

In the 1930s, Boustany owned the Lafayette White Sox minor league baseball team and was the president of the Evangeline League. He was later a founder and board chairman of Evangeline Downs Racetrack in Opelousas in St. Landry Parish,[1] now also a casino.

Civic service

His civic service began with the Mississippi River flood of 1927. During World War II, he served on the registration board of Selective Service for Lafayette Parish. He was also a member of the Louisiana Council of Naval Affairs and an officer for his local Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Red Cross, and March of Dimes. He helped to organize the Lafayette Young Man’s Business Club and was affiliated with Kiwanis International and the Lafayette Community Chest. He was a member of the board of the "good government" group, the Louisiana Public Affairs Research Council, of which Ed Steimel of Baton Rouge was the longtime executive director. Boustany was also a board member of the American Bank and Trust Company in Lafayette. For more than twenty years, he chaired the Lafayette Municipal Auditorium Committee. In 1972, he served on the Lafayette Charter Commission.[1]

Boustany worked to preserve historical records at the Roman Catholic St. John’s Cathedral in Lafayette and was involved in 1962 in the financing of the Camellia Pageant at what is now the University of Lafayette, then known as the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He donated land for Women’s and Children’s Hospital and endowed a professorship in home economics at USL. In 1959, he was King Gabriel XX in the Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association. In 1962, he received the "Lafayette Civic Cup." In 1983, Pope John Paul II named Boustany as a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. He was also active in the Catholic men's organizaton, the Knights of Columbus.[1]

The Frem Boustany Convention Center at The Heymann Center in Lafayette bears his name.

Death

In 1988, Boustany lost both his wife and son, Dr. Frem Boustany, Jr. He died five years later in 1993 and is interred with family members at St. John's Cathedral Cemetery in Lafayette.[3]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Boustany, Frem, Sr.. A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography: Louisiana Historical Association. Retrieved on April 22, 2020.
  2. A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography cites sources for the Boustany article on the files of the Louisiana Room of the Dupré Library at ULL., and his obituary in The Lafayette Daily Advertiser, November 30, 1993.
  3. Dr. Frem Boustany, Jr.. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on April 22, 2020.
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