Luc Andre Odabashian
Passed away on July 3, 2014
Luc Andre Odabashian, age 53, passed away on Thursday July 3, 2014, at his home in Woodland Hills, California. Luc was born in Beirut, Lebanon where he attended French school. At the onset of the Lebanese civil war, his family moved to Los Angeles in 1975 when Luc was a high school freshman. After high school he completed undergraduate studies at UCLA, then pursued his law degree at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He spoke five languages. Luc married Rosalind Auzenne in 1986 and they resided in Woodland Hills, California, for 27 years. They have two daughters, Christine age 22 and Chloe age 12. Luc is also survived by his sister, Caroline Alexandra Odabachian (Castellon) who resides in Alameda, California; his father, Alexandre Odabachian who resides in France; and two aunts, Vickie Reis and Shake Konyalian. He is predeceased by his mother, Ani Odabachian. Since 2004 Luc served as Associate Regional Counsel for Program Enforcement in Los Angeles for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. From 1991 to 2004 he served as the Lead Attorney to HUD’s Departmental Enforcement Center in Los Angeles and had also worked as a program attorney-advisor for the Chief Counsel’s office. From 1986 to 1991, Luc practiced law at the firm of McKiernan, Gurrola, Moriwaki and Brady, and was in-house counsel for a fledgling diamond mining company. He was licensed to practice in California and Nevada. Luc was recently honored with the Lifetime Award by the office of General Counsel at HUD; and also the Curry Award, the highest honor awarded by the Office of General Counsel at HUD in recognition of excellence and integrity. Luc loved nature, art, books, music, movies, and sports. Luc was a loving husband, father, brother, son, son-in-law, and friend, and he will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Services are being planned in September in order to accommodate family coming from France. Friends and family who would like to make donations in lieu of flowers may visit Luc's Memorial Fund page at the following link: http://www.gofundme.com/b9wrqw
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August 26, 2017
September 3, 2015
I'm sure Luc has touched the lives of countless people in all manner of ways and I would just like to share something about the impact he's had on my life. For me, he made me feel welcome at HUD before I even started as a legal honors attorney. After I was accepted into the program and while I was still a law student, I invited Luc and a couple other folks from the LA office to come speak to a group of law students at USC. The event was a huge success, but what stands out most to me now is Luc's warmth and kindness. For a law student still months away from starting his first job at a large government agency and (in all honesty) not having a clue what to expect, making a connection with someone so welcoming meant all the world to me. Thank you, Luc, for making me feel like a part of the family.
June 27, 2015
March 30, 2015
I just read of Luc's passing. He was a dear friend and roommate at UCLA. Though we lost contact, I did think of him fondly over the years. What a kind man and such a great sense of humor. I see other dear friends/roommates who have commented and I know we all share in this sadness and the amazing memories of our time together. I feel truly blessed that he was my friend. My thoughts are with you, Roz, and your daughters. We loved you, Luc.
November 21, 2014
October 28, 2014
I just now found out about the Luc's passing. We went to UCLA together and part of a cadre of Bruins from Sproul Hall. My thoughts and prayers go out to Roz and daughters. He was a kind soul and knew he was the group's conscious and heart. Although we lost contact over years I am deeply sadden and we all are diminished with passing.
October 8, 2014
I am shocked at the passing of Luc Andre. We were roommates at UCLA and lost touch over the years. Whatever time that has passed, I will always remember him as a great human being with a kind heart and a gentle soul. My prayers are with Rosalind and his family. I will cherish my memories with forever.
September 11, 2014
September 5, 2014
May you rest in peace my friend.
September 2, 2014
To the family of Luc, my condolences to you with many Blessings. May God keep you strong during this time of sorrow. I have worked with Luc indirectly for many years at HUD, he was such a patient, sweet spirited person. He was definitely one of a kind in his profession. He was one to always get the job done and did not believe in giving up. Keep your spirits up and hold on to God's unchanging hand for he knows what's best.
August 20, 2014
I was always impressed by Luc's terrific sense of humor and his gentlemanly demeanor. He told me that I always made him laugh. I'm proud to have known him. He distinguished the human condition with his spirit, compelling thoughtfulness and love of his friends and family. Luc, Godspeed, and fair winds and following seas
August 4, 2014
To Luc's closest family and friends, please accept my sincerest sympathy for your loss. I worked with Luc at the Los Angeles DEC and consider him one of the best supervisor's I have ever worked with. He was a great leader, teacher, supportive, very easy to work with, and an overall good guy. My heart is heavy with sadness. Luc will be missed.
R. (Scott) Reed
July 28, 2014
Although we worked in different program areas at the large office of the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Los Angeles over a number of decades until my retirement last year, we still had meaningful personal and professional conversations from time to time. Luc was consistently gracious and honorable. Those were just two of his positive attributes out of many that garnered him so much widespread good will, respect, and admiration in our overall office. In deepest sympathy, R. (Scott) Reed.
July 13, 2014
The first thing I think of when I think of Luc is his big bright smile. Max and I have gotten together for many dinners and visits with Luc and Roz, especially over the last few years, and right up to last time I saw him, Luc had that big smile on his face and that is how I will remember him.
Ron "Max" Baer
July 8, 2014
Ron "Max" Baer
July 8, 2014
Lately I've been thinking back to high school days when Luc and I were on the track team at NHHS. One day we were supposed to be running several 220 yard dashes at three-quarter speed only. But near the end of the turn during one of the sprints someone started to accelerate and then the other one picked up his pace and before we knew it the race was on. Stride for stride at full speed we came down the home stretch trying to reach the finish line first. It was a near photo finish—I only edged him out because I started with a slight advantage to begin with. We had such youthful energy and exuberance back then. Those days seem so long ago and yet we've lost Luc way too soon. Luc, we'll miss you and your smiling exuberant face.