Don Louis Broussard *
Inducted on April 21, 2007
Don was born October 14, 1919 in New Iberia. His father was Faulinee Louis Brousard, who was elected trustee for the City of New Iberia and his mother was Euphemie Marie Nini. Don graduated from St. Peters College (Catholic High) in 1936 and then from LSU in 1941 with a B.S. Degree in Accounting and Business Administration. His grandfather, William Louis Broussard, owned and operated the Elk Theatre in New Iberia. His great-grandfather, Don Louis Broussard, was elected Mayor of St. Martinville in 1865 and also operated the old Castillo Hotel.
His great, great-grandfather, the first Don Louis Broussard, owned a large plantation at Lake Fausse Point that he named after his wife Felonise's nickname "Marie Louise". His great great uncles, Robert Foligny Broussard and Edwin Sidney Broussard, were both elected United States Senators.
Broussard was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1941. Commissioned 2nd Lt. Engineer, promoted to 1st Lt. then to Captain in 1944. He served at Camp Wheeler, GA; Ft. McClellan, AL; Camp Cliaborne, LA; Camp Sutton, NC; England, France, and Okinawa.He was recalled to active duty during the Korean Conflict in 1950. He was then ordered to the Far East and assigned as Director of Administration, Japan Construction Agency Tokyo, Japan.
After his active duty he was hired by Shell Oil Co. for their New Orleans office as Senior Analyst in Accounting then promoted to Personnel Department Manager. In 1979 he owned and operated Don Broussard Calculators, where he sold and serviced calculators, dictating machines, and typewriters.
He served on the Board of Directors of the Lafayette Kiwanis Club from 1964 - 1970. He served as Secretary-Treasurer, and Lector at St. Edmond Catholic Church.
He was then elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Famille Beausoleil Association (Broussard Families). He was recipient of the first Beausoleil Award given by the Association in October 2000. He served as Liaison Representative of Famille Beausoleil in support of the French Immersion program at Myrtle Place Elementary School in Lafayette. He arranged for acquisition of French instructional tapes and books.
He then wrote and directed the script for the reenactment of the Dauterive Compact, that being the official contract that enabled the early Acadian Families to settle in the Acadiana area and start the cattle industry. Reenactments were held at Vermilionville in 2000 and at Acadian Village in 2003.