Dr. Tommy Comeaux Memorial Professorship in Traditional Music XI

Dr. Tommy Comeaux was a beloved musician and physician pathologist at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital when he was killed in a bicycling accident in 1997. As a musician, Tommy played mandolin and guitar with several bands including Coteau, Beausoleil and the Clickin’ Chickens. For several years, friends of Tommy Comeaux staged fundraising events in his memory in hopes of establishing an endowed chair in traditional music – a goal reached in 2008. The mission of the Chair is to stimulate interdisciplinary research on the foundations of diversity of traditional music worldwide, and to advance the preservation, instruction, and performance of traditional music with an emphasis on Acadiana traditions. This year, the friends and family of Dr. Tommy Comeaux, or the Comeauxtians as they often call themselves, established the Dr. Tommy Comeaux Memorial Professorship in Traditional Music XI. The endowed professorship, once matched by the Louisiana State Board of Regents Support Fund, further advances the initial mission of the endowed chair. The professorship will provide faculty in traditional music with ongoing funding support in the College of the Arts.


Pictured: The Friends and Family of Dr. Tommy Comeaux- Jen Mouton, Allen Bacque, Dr. Walter B. Comeaux, Megan Barra, Gary Newman, Renée Roberts and Dr. Mark DeWitt.

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