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PAR recognizes the passing of former PAR President Art Thiel

The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana is saddened to announce the passing of former PAR President Art Thiel.

Mr. Thiel, 91, died Saturday, Jan. 7, at his home in Wilkesboro, N.C.

As one of only eight people who have served as PAR president over the organization’s 62-year history, Mr. Thiel was well-regarded for his insightful research and analysis skills. He first joined PAR in 1959 as research director, eventually becoming president in November 1975. He retired in November 1984.

Over the course of 25 years, Mr. Thiel incurred both the respect and the wrath of state leaders from governors to legislators to businessmen.

During his time at PAR, he oversaw the restructuring of the executive budget process under Gov. John McKeithen, helped redraw the state’s legislative voting district lines after the 1970 Census, and was involved with assisting residents in several Louisiana cities set up their own home rule charters.

“Mr. Thiel left an indelible mark on both PAR and on the state of Louisiana,” said PAR President Robert Scott. “His passion for reform will be missed.”

Mr. Thiel’s family will hold a celebration of his life at the Holiday Inn Express, 10989 Siegen Lane Circle, Baton Rouge, on Jan. 19 from 7 to 10 p.m. A graveside memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 20 at the Port Hudson National Cemetery, 20978 Port Hickey Road, Zachary.

For More Information Contact:
Robert Travis Scott
(225) 926-8414 ext 221



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