Monday, June 20, 2016

Obituary Claude William LaSalle II; via LJB

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Claude William LaSalle II passed away at his home on Saturday morning, June 11, 2016. He was 82 years old. Born and raised in Louisiana's Cajun country, Bill majored in English at Loyola University of New Orleans and received his PhD in Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. He taught for several years at Bryn Mawr College and Northwestern and Fordham Universities.

In the late 1960's, Bill was awarded Fulbright Fellowships to teach in Czechoslovakia and Romania, after which he joined the U.S. Foreign Service. He served in Romania, India and Indonesia as a cultural attaché. Later, as a senior officer, Bill served in the Netherlands, Zaire and Washington, D.C. Bill retired from the Foreign Service in the late 1990's, settling in NW Washington DC. He traveled extensively and was active with several philanthropies.

Bill's 82 years on earth were rich in accomplishments, adventures and most of all, friendships.

A memorial service will be held in Louisiana at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Bill''s name to the International Book Project; The LaSalle Academy (Development Department) in New York City; or College Bound.

Published in The Washington Post on June 18, 2016

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