SHREVEPORT – Services for former LSU Health Sciences Center chancellor Dr. John McDonald will be Thursday. He died Def. 31 at age 81.
He was on the faculty of Tulane School of Medicine when he became chairman of the Department of Surgery at LSU School of Medicine, Shreveport.
As head of surgery at the academic health center, Dr. McDonald expanded the educational, research and patient care dimensions of the institution. Not only did Dr. McDonald bring organ transplantation to northwest Louisiana, he also established the Regional Burn Center and Level One Trauma Center while head of the Department of Surgery. He integrated the Overton Brooks Veterans Administration Medical Center and the E.A. Conway Hospital into the surgical residency program at LSU in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In 1989, the Willis-Knighton Medical Center became an affiliated institution and the primary hospital for the transplantation program.
He was appointed first chancellor of the Health Center in Shreveport in 2000 while also serving as dean of the School of Medicine.
Survivors include his wife Martha and three daughters.
Arrangements are by Rose-Neath.
BATON ROUGE – Services will be Wednesday for noted sugar cane specialist Lowell McCormick. He died Dec. 31 at age 87.
A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he worked for the LSU Experiment Station and LSU Agricultural Extension Service. He was Progressive Farmer’s Agriculture Man of the Year in 1974.
Survivors include a son and a daughter.
Arrangements are by Rabenhorst.
Furniture store owner
ALEXANDRIA – Services were Tuesday for former furniture store owner Newman Downs. He died Dec. 28 at age 90.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and co-owned Downs Furniture.
Survivors include his wife Jessie, son James E. and daughter Donnie.