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Homere Gaudin

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{{Infobox officeholder
|name=Homere Charles "Charley" GaudinlGaudin|image=Judge Homere Gaudin.jpg
|birth_date=July 14, 1930
|birth_place=[[New Orleans]], [[Louisiana]]
Four grandchildren<br>
Parents:<br>
Regis Bernard and Inez Catherine Grenier Gaudin<br>Relatives:<br>[[John Grenier]] (cousin)
|occupation=[[Lawyer]]; [[Judge]]
|party=
Loyola College of Law in New Orleans
}}
 
'''Homere Charles Gaudin''', known as '''Charley Gaudin''' (July 14, 1930 &ndash; June 29, 2019), was a [[Louisiana]] district and appellate court judge from 1966 to 1999. He was also as former chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.
==Background==
A native of [[New Orleans]], Gaudin (pronounced GO DAN) was reared in Covington in suburban St. Tammany Parish. Of [[France|French]] descent, he was named for his maternal grandfather, Homere Charles Grenier, Sr. (pronounced Grain YEY) (1862-1931).<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/34931220/homere-charles-grenier|title=Homere Charles Grenier, Sr. (maternal grandfather of Homere Gaudin)|publisher=Findagrave.com|accessdate=July 18, 2019}}</ref> His great-great-grandfather, John H. Illsey, served during [[Reconstruction]] as a justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court.<ref name=obit/>His parents were Regis Bernard Gaudin (1903-1975) and the former Inez Catherine Grenier (1904-1951), who are entombed at St. Patrick Cemetery No. 3 n in New Orleans. He was a maternal first cousin of [[John Grenier|John Edward Grenier]], a lawyer active in the 1964 [[Barry Goldwater]] presidential campaign and in the revitalization of the [[Republican Party]] in [[Alabama]].<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/148696853/inez-gaudin|title=Inez Catherine Grenier Gaudin|publisher=Findagrave.com|accessdatae=July 18, 2019}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/34931223/charles-desire-grenier|title=Charles Desire Grenier, Sr. (maternal uncle of. Homere Gaudin) (1893-1951)|publisher=Findagrave.com|accessdate=July 18, 2019}}</ref> He was a maternal nephew of Williamine "Wilhemina" Marie Grenier (1884-1969), mentioned in his obituary.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/34931224/williamine-marie-grenier|title=Williamine "Wilhemina" Marie Grenier (aunt of Homere Gaudin)|publisher=Findagrave.com|accessdate=July 18, 2019}}</ref>.
In 1947, Gaudin graduated from St. Paul's High School, a [[Roman Catholic]] all-male entity in Covington, at which he was named most valuable player in [[football]], all-state in [[basketball]], and also set records on four state championship track and field teams. He briefly attended [[Louisiana State University]] in [[Baton Rouge]], at which he was a member of the 1949 LSU Cinderella team and the 1950 Sugar Bowl team. He graduated with a [[Bachelor of Arts]] in English and history in 1952 from the University of Louisiana at [[Lafayette]], then known as Southwestern Louisiana Institute of Liberal and Technical Learning, renamed in 1960 as the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He lettered in three college sports at Southwestern and was named to the All-Gulf States Conference football team in 1951 after leading the conference in individual scoring and receiving<ref name=obit/>.
==Legal career==
In 1958, he received his [[Juris Doctor]]ate from Loyola College of Law in New Orleans, at which he was a moot court finalist, an editor of the university newspaper, ''The Maroon'', and a member of Delta Theta Phi national legal fraternity. He joined his paternal uncles, Felix and Hilary Gaudin in the practice of law.<ref name=obit>{{cite web|url=https://obits.nola.com/obituaries/nola/obituary.aspx?n=homere-charles-gaudin-charley&pid=193308874&fhid=5630|title=Homere Gaudin's Obituary|publisher=''New Orleans Times-Picayune''|date=July 4, 2019|accessdate=July 1718, 2019}}</ref>
In his obituary, his friends recalled Judge Gaudin as "gentle, gracious, and wise." People were said to have been drawn to "his inner calm, warm smilemsmile, and dry wit". While in law school and some time thereafter, Gaudin was a sports columnist for the former ''New Orleans States-Item.'' He was the legal counsel and vice president of the Louisiana Sportswriter's Association, which made him an honorary lifetime member. He was elected to Louisiana's 24th Judicial District Court in 1966, when at the age of thirty-six he became one of the youngest persons in the state to be elected to the bench. That same year, his cousin, John Grenier, was the unsuccessful Republican candidate for the [[U.S. Senate]] seat in Alabama against veteral lawmaker, [[John Sparkman]]. Gaudin sat on the district bench until 1982, during which time he served as Chief Judge, President of the 4th Circuit Judges Association, and on the executive committee of the Louisiana District Judges Association. In 1982, he was elected judge of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal for Louisiana (not the appointed federal court of the same name in New Orleans), with service until 1999. For part of his time on the appeals court, he was Chief Judge. He also sat by special appointment as an ad hoc judge of the Louisiana Supreme Court and on various circuit courts of appeal throughout the state. Gaudin used his journalistic skills -- he was known for his storytelling -- to write succinct and concise legal opinions. In 1983, the appeals court declared that a Louisiana law requiring women to follow their husbands regarding the location of residence was unconstitutional. The Louisiana Supreme Court affirmed Gaudin's decision, and the law was revoked.<ref name=obit/>
Gaudin used his journalistic skills -- he was known for his storytelling -- to write succinct and concise legal opinions. In 1983, the appeals court declared that a Louisiana law requiring women to follow their husbands regarding the location of residence was unconstitutional. The Louisiana Supreme Court affirmed Gaudin's decision, and the law was revoked.<ref name=obit/> In a 1994 opinion, quoted in ''[[The New York Times]]'', Gaudin upheld the right of an investigative reporter to protect the identity of his sources under the First Amendment, stating that "freedom of the press neither begins nor ends" with certain statutes. Fellow Fifth Circuit Judge Thomas C. Wicker, Jr., said of his friend and colleague Gaudin: "Charley had a wonderful temperament for a judge. He never owned or used a gavel or raised his voice while on the bench. He not only was an outstanding jurist, but the most popular judge I knew with both lawyers and judges."<ref name=obit/>
According to Fellow Fifth Circuit Judge Thomas C. Wicker, Jr., said of his obituary, he friend and colleague: "was respected Charley had a wonderful temperament for being principled and decisive, with a caseload that always was currentjudge." After retiring from He never owned or used a gavel or raised his voice while on the bench, Judge Gaudin wrote opinions for the Louisiana Attorney General. He not only was elected in 2002 as the president of the Louisiana Retired Judges Association. He was also a president of the Louisiana Conference of Court of Appeal Judges .In 2004an outstanding jurist, he was appointed by [[Governor]] [[Kathleen Blanco]], a [[Democratic Party|Democrat]] as but the chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, a position he held for six years most popular judge I knew with both lawyers and extended for two years under Blanco's gubernatorial successor, [[Bobby Jindal]], a Republicanjudges."<ref name=obit/>
According to his obituary, Gaudin "was respected for being principled and decisive, with a caseload that always was current." After retiring from the bench, Judge Gaudin wrote opinions for the Louisiana Attorney General. He was elected in 2002 as the president of the Louisiana Retired Judges Association. He was also a president of the Louisiana Conference of Court of Appeal Judges .In 2004, he was appointed by [[Governor]] [[Kathleen Blanco]], a [[Democratic Party|Democrat]] as the chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, a position he held for six years and extended for two years under Blanco's gubernatorial successor, [[Bobby Jindal]], a Republican.<ref name==Personal life==obit/>
==Personal life==
In 2003, Gaudin was one of the first graduates to be inducted into the St. Paul's High School Hall of Fame. He was named also as "Outstanding Alumnu" and spoke at the elected to speak at the school's centennial celebration. Gaudin served at Thule Air Force Base in [[Greenland]] from 1952 to 1954. He was the founder of the Cystic Fibrosis Celebrity Golf Tournament and the president of the Louisiana Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Archie Manning, for whom the tournament was later named, described Gaudin as "a great man and friend who worked diligently to make the tournament highly successful." The tournament was the first charitable golf tournament in the region. Gaudin's ability to attract celebrity athletes was considered essential to the success of the tournament.
Gaudin was a member of the New Orleans Country Club and several [[Marid Mardi Gras]] carnival organizations. He served on the advisory board of the [[Salvation Army]] and the [[Tulane University]] Summer Lyric Theatre. Judge Gaudin had a great nterest interest in the history of [[World War II]] and for years collected and painted toy soldiers. His collection of thousands of soldiers was featured in a 2008 magazine article in which he noted that his favorite soldiers "will always be the ones I once played with. They bring back very happy memories of a long lost but fondly remembered childhood." <ref name=obit/>
Judge Gaudin and his wife of sixty-three years, had three children, Melanee G. Usdin, Monique G. Gardner, and Charles Gaudin, and their spouses, Steven W. Usdin, J. Warren Gardner, Jr., and Kathleen DeMilia Gaudin, respectively. He had four grandchildren. Gaudin died sixteen days before his 89th birthday. Services were held on July 9at Lake Lawn Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans. Burial was private. <ref name=obit/>
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