Eugene Alexis Brian

June 10, 1942December 29, 2020

Eugene Alexis Brian passed away on December 29, 2020 at the age of 78. He was born on June 10, 1942 to Donald and Susan Brian. They named him after Grand Duke Alexis.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Lucille “Duchess” Haeuser Brian; sister, Nancy Thorjusen of Royal, Arkansas; nieces, Erica Orgeron, Morgan Haueser Wynne (Bill), Alexis Davis, and Ashley Haeuser; nephews, Gil Orgeron, and Justin Haeuser (Ashley); great nephews, Hayden Orgeron, Ian Davis and Henry Haeuser; great nieces, Brooke Albrest, Lauren Albrest, and Abigail Davis; brothers-in-law, Daniel Haeuser (Melinda) and Phil Thorjusen; and his beloved Schnauzer, Oscar Brian II, whom he loved very much.

Eugene was preceded in death by his parents, Donald Reynaud and Susan Barry Brian; grandparents, Eugene Taylor Barry, Susan Yandell Wendel, and Alexis and Maude S. Brian. Eugene was the 7th generation grandson of Commandant John Barry, who founded the United States Navy. His grandfather, Alexis Brian, was on the very first LSU football team. Eugene was also related to the Whitneys of New York.

He loved Mardi Gras, playing tennis and bridge, and spending time with his devoted canine companion. He was a member of the first graduating class of Ben Franklin High School in 1960. He graduated from Tulane University with his B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1964 and earned his Masters in Civil Engineering from LSU in 1967.

Eugene and Lucille married at the National Shrine of St. Ann on October 25, 1990 and enjoyed 31 years of marriage. Lucille was the third woman in her family to marry a Presbyterian man. They were proud to be a part of the Krewe of Iris, where he served as Duke in 1992. He was also a proud member of the Krewe of Carrollton. Eugene and his wife enjoyed travelling extensively together.

He was a member of Association of Civil Engineers and the Jefferson City Buzzards Marching Club, and a faithful parishioner of St. Dominic Catholic Church.

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, the visitation and mass will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending contributions to the LA-SPCA, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd in New Orleans, LA 70114, or having a Mass said in his honor at St. Dominic Catholic Church, 775 Harrison Avenue in New Orleans, LA 70124.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 14, 2021

  • Memorial Mass

    Thursday, January 14, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, January 14, 2021


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Danielle Barbara

January 14, 2021

I remember Gene and Duchess picking me up to go to Patio Planners meetings in the Quarter. We enjoyed the people and being a part of our beloved French Quarter. They loved N.O. traditions such as Mardi Gras, Iris Parade, and Easter Parade.
I enjoyed seeing them together at Mass at St. Dominic and it was a thrilled to be invited to the Christening party when he converted to Catholicism. I loved hearing about their traveling escapades especially when they went to Russia. Duchess told me that Gene died while he was receiving the Last Rites by a priest. What a beautiful death and special gift from Our Lord Jesus Christ! They were a beautiful couple and Gene will be missed by his family, friends, and neighbors.