Library loses founding member

Anita L. Young
James E. Abadie Sr.

For the past 49 years, James E. Abadie Sr. has volunteered his services and time as a trustee of the Ascension Parish Library Board of Control.

As one of the founding library board members, Abadie was instrumental in the creation of the Ascension Parish Library in 1960.

Abadie served as chairman of the Library Board of Control from 1976-85. During that time he spearheaded the successful $2.2 million bond election for the construction of library buildings in Donaldsonville and Gonzales. He also served as a representative for all library trustees in the state on various state and national committees and offices.

He was recognized statewide in 1979 as the recipient of the Louisiana Library Association’s Modisette Award for Library Trustees. The award is given in recognition of outstanding service as a library trustee.

Nov. 2, 2000 was proclaimed as “James E. Abadie Sr. Day” by then-Parish President Harold Marchand and the Ascension Parish Council in honor of his 40 years of service to the Ascension Parish Library Board of Control.

In April of 2007, Abadie was inducted into the Ascension Parish Bicentennial Hall of Fame for making a significant and lasting difference in the overall development and quality of life in Ascension Parish during its 200 years of history.

Abadie passed away Aug. 25, just six months away from celebrating 50 years of service on the Ascension Parish Library Board of Control.

As we embark on this 50th year, we would like to recognize Abadie's unwavering commitment, dedication, and innovative and progressive way of thinking, that has carried us into the present and will continue to help us be successful in the future. His legacy of service will impact Ascension Parish for generations.