Howard B. Gist Jr.

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Howard Battle Gist Jr.
Howard B. Gist, Jr.jpg
Born (1919-09-17)September 17, 1919
Alexandria, Rapides Parish
Louisiana, USA
Died August 19, 2011(2011-08-19) (aged 91)
Resting place Greenwood Memorial Park in Pineville, Louisiana
Alma mater

Bolton High School
Washington and Lee University
Tulane University

Tulane University School of Law
Occupation

Lawyer

Alexandria city attorney
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Rosemary Flynn Gist (married 1950–2011, his death)
Children

Howard B. "Trey" Gist III
Marcie Elizabeth Gist
Stephanie Gist Novakovich
Robert Christopher Gist
Ellen Kyle Gist Scroggs

William McGowan Gist
Parent(s) Marsolina Eugenia Luckett and Howard B. Gist Sr.

Howard Battle Gist Jr. (September 17, 1919 – August 19, 2011) was, like his father Howard Sr. and his son Howard "Trey" III, an attorney in his native Alexandria, Louisiana. Prior to 1973, he was the Alexandria city attorney in three mayoral administrations, and like his father, he was a president of the Louisiana Bar Association.[1]

Family background[edit]

Gist's father was born on January 15, 1882, in Beebe in White County in north central Arkansas; in 1918, he married the former Marsolina Eugenia Luckett, known as Marcie Eugenie Gist (1881–1947), the daughter of Robert Leven Luckett (1837-1895), a physician and U.S. marshal in Rapides Parish, Louisiana.[2]

The senior Gist attended public schools in White County and what is now Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia in Clark County in south Arkansas. He worked thereafter in a drug store for ten years to save money to attend the legal department at Tulane University in New Orleans, now the Tulane University Law School, from which he graduated in 1911. He then relocated to Alexandria; in 1917, he became a member of firm of Thornton, Gist & Richey, years later Gist and Methvin. Much of his work dealt with insurance law.[3]

Education and military service[edit]

Gist attended public schools in Alexandria and graduated in 1936 from Bolton High School in the Alexandria Garden District, he then attended Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia and graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Arts and then a Juris Doctor from Tulane University School of Law. He was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order,[4] he was also affiliated with Phi Delta Phi.[5]

While still in law school, Gist volunteered for the United States Navy, he obtained a commission through the Naval Communication School at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He reached the rank of lieutenant in the United States Naval Reserve, he was assigned to both the Atlantic and the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II. He served on the USS Nuthatch (AM-60)[4] and from 1944 to 1945 the USS West Virginia (BB-48).[6] Gist fought in the recapture of the Philippine Islands in 1944, Iwo Jima, and the Leyte Gulf, near the end of hostilities, he was transferred to the office of the nJudge Advocate General in Coronado, near San Diego, California.[4]

Legal career[edit]

In 1946, Gist returned to Alexandria to join his father's firm, he had been admitted to the bar three years earlier prior to his active military service. For many years, he was a law partner of, among others, DeWitt T. Methvin Jr.[7] Until his death, Gist maintained an active civil law practice in the fields of medical malpractice defense, workers' compensation, product liability law, banking, and municipal law, he was the Alexandria city attorney under the administrations of Carl B. Close, W. George Bowdon Jr., and Ed Karst.[4] One of the Gist-Methvin legal secretaries, Jackie Pope Adams (1922–2013), a native of Marion County, Mississippi, was the secretary to the Alexandria City Council and the city clerk after adoption in 1977 of the municipal home rule charter.[8] The John K. Snyder administration named three city attorneys in 1973 to succeed Gist: Morris Shapiro (1910–2008), the choice of Mayor Snyder; Howard Nathaniel Nugent Jr. (born 1936), appointee of Streets and Parks Commissioner Malcolm Hebert, and Eugene Paul "Gene" Cicardo Sr. (1933–1996), the selection of Finance and Utilities Commissioner Arnold Jack Rosenthal.

Gist was the attorney, a director, and for sixteen years the chairman of the board of Security First National Bank in Alexandria,[4] established in 1927 but since part of Regions Bank.[9]

Gist was a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and was instrumental in the formation of the Louisiana Association of Defense Attorneys, of which he was subsequently the president. He was a past president of the Alexandria Bar Association[4] and from 1977 to 1978 headed the Louisiana Bar Association, a position which his father had also filled from 1946 to 1947,[1] he was listed in the original publication of The Best Lawyers in America. In 1969, he was elected to the Council of Louisiana State Law Institute.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Gist was a Roman Catholic and in the Knights of Columbus, he served on several boards[10] and was an active hunter and fisherman.[4]

Gist and his wife, the former Rosemary Flynn (born September 1927),[11] had six children: Alexandria attorney Howard Battle "Trey" Gist III, Marcie Elizabeth Gist, Mary Stephanie Gist Novakovich, Robert Christopher Gist, Ellen Kyle Gist Scroggs, and William McGowan Gist.[10] Gist is interred at Greenwood Memorial Park in Pineville, Louisiana.[4]

His son Howard Gist III (born 1951), a 1977 graduate of the Louisiana State University Law Center, still maintains the Gist law office at 4119 Parliament Drive in Alexandria.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Past Presidents of the Louisiana Bar Association". lsba.org. Retrieved October 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Marsolina Eugenia Luckett Gist". familytreemaker.genealogy.com. Retrieved October 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ Henry E. Chambers, History of Louisiana, Vol. 2 (Chicago and New York City: The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925), p. 247
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Howard Battle Gist Jr. (1919–2011)". Alexandria Town Talk. August 21, 2011. Retrieved October 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Howard B. Gist Jr". phideltaphi.org. Retrieved October 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Howard B. Gist Jr". usswestvirginia.org. Retrieved October 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ Mildred Methvin. "DeWitt Talmage Methvin Jr". genealogy.com. Archived from the original on October 12, 2014. Retrieved October 13, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Jackie Pope Adams". findagrave.com. Retrieved October 13, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Security First National Bank". bankencyclopedia.com. Retrieved October 14, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Howard Battle Gist Jr". Baton Rouge Advocate. August 21, 2011. Retrieved October 13, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Rosemary Gist, September 1927". Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved October 13, 2014. [permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Howard B. Gist". lawyercentral.com. Retrieved October 14, 2014.