Skip to comments.Edmund M. Reggie, 1926-2013 (Ted Kennedy's Father-in-Law)
Posted on 11/19/2013 8:40:19 AM PST by abb
LAFAYETTE, Louisiana (November 19, 2013) Former Crowley City Judge and longtime political stalwart Edmund M. Reggie, 87, died this morning at his Lafayette home while surrounded by his family. Along with his wife of 62 years, Doris Boustany Reggie, he also maintained a home on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts.
His eldest son, Ed Michael Reggie said: We were blessed to have had Dad for so long, although never long enough. We are comforted by his deep faith and memories of his wonderful sense of humor, good nature, sharp mind and the love he gave all of us. We love him and will miss him beyond description, but will carry him in our hearts every single day.
Reggie was born to parents who emigrated from Lebanon in 1920. Edmund Reggie, raised in Crowley, was thought to be among the most brilliant political minds in Louisiana. He was named Most Distinguished Young Democrat in Louisiana. Though he declined to run for higher public office he was active in the campaigns and administrations of several governors and presidents.
Throughout his career Reggie held many appointive positions in state government while refusing all compensation. Those positions include serving as Louisianas Commissioner of Public Welfare and Chairman of the Louisiana Mineral Board. Reggie served as Chairman of the Louisiana Committee on Reorganization of the Executive Branch of State Government, consolidating 356 state agencies into 19. He headed Governor Edwin Edwards transition team and later served as Executive Counsel to the Governor.
Reggie was closely associated with the Kennedy family beginning with a chance meeting with the future president John F. Kennedy and brother Robert Kennedy when Reggie was as a delegate to the 1956 Democratic Convention. Four years later, Reggie co-chaired the Louisiana campaign effort for Kennedys successful presidential run. In 1959, Reggie and his wife hosted the future president and Mrs. Kennedy at their Crowley home, a visit which included the future Democratic nominees speech at the citys annual International Rice Festival. Reggies close bond and friendship with the family continued over the years and extended to campaigns for Senators Robert and Edward Kennedy in their respective bids for the White House. Reggies daughter Victoria was married to Senator Edward Kennedy from 1992 until his death in 2009.
A graduate of Southwestern Louisiana Institute, now the University of Louisiana, Reggie went on to receive his law degree from Tulane University and established his law practice in Crowley. At age 24, Reggie was appointed Crowley city judge following the death of his predecessor, and ran successfully to remain in that position for 25 years, until his retirement from the bench in 1976. In 2004 he was inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame in Winnfield.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by six children, 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brothers Emile A. Reggie and Samuel J. Reggie, and his sister Yvonne Reggie LaHood.
Ha! Only six years older than his son-in law!
Related in any manner to a Kennedy?
I really don’t give a smelly Obama about him then.
Why care about the flies that surround excrement?
William Gibbs McAdoo of CA only seven years younger than his father-in-law, Thomas Woodrow Wilson.
Also a convicted felon.
Was he in PRISON when he died or had he been released??
He never went to prison. See post #7.
Could have SWORN he was in prison when they got married.
People in the Crowley area truly believed in him, but as time passed they lost interest.
Edmund’s son Raymond has been busy.
Reggie indicted in wire fraud, money laundering scheme
By bill lodge
August 21, 2013
Mandeville businessman Raymond Christopher Reggie, former brother-in-law of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy and son of former Crowley City Judge Edmund Reggie, faces federal fraud allegations for the second time in eight years.
Mandeville media consultant accused of bilking clients now faces federal charges in Baton Rouge
Heather Nolan, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune By Heather on August 15, 2013 at 11:12 AM, updated August 15, 2013 at 4:20 PM
A Mandeville media consultant who is facing felony theft charges in St. Tammany Parish has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Baton Rouge, accused of charging clients for more than $1 million in advertisements that he never placed. Raymond Christopher Reggie, 51, is charged with five counts of wire fraud and six counts of money laundering, according to acting U.S. Attorney Walt Green.
The federal grand jury indictment accuses Reggie, the owner and operator of Nexlevel Group, an advertising firm that bought and managed advertising for various car dealerships in southeast Louisiana, of submitting false advertising expenses to clients between January 2009 and July 2012.
Reggie falsely represented to the car dealerships that the advertising expenses were for services he provided, according to the indictment, which was handed up Wednesday. Once the dealerships issued payments for the bogus expenses, Reggie diverted the payments to his personal accounts, it says.
Here’s a bunch of Reggie stuff.
On April 21, 2005, it was revealed that, in expectation of securing a lesser sentence, Ray Reggie will testify as a government witness against a former fund-raising colleague, David Rosen, with whom he closely worked in Sen. Hillary Clinton’s 2000 New York campaign . However, at trial, a jury acquitted Rosen of charges that he failed to report the the full cost of a fund-raising gala , leaving one to wonder if the exercise had been staged for Reggie’s benefit.
In the end, Ray Reggie was sentenced to only one year of imprisonment and ordered to pay $6.5 million in restitution. According to federal sentencing guidelines, he was eligible for 37 to 46 months prison time. Federal prosecutors had requested a reduced sentence on the basis of his assistance in federal investigations. On January 17, 2005, Ray Reggie reported to the minimum security, Federal Detention Center in Oakdale, Louisiana, to begin his sentence . Following his release from prison , he engaged in identity fraud with malicious intent against this Web site.
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