John Marshall Page, Jr., Class of 1956

(3/27/1935 – 7/10/2012)


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John Marshall Page, Jr., a resident of New Orleans, LA, for almost fifty-three years, died on July 10, 2012 after a lengthy illness. He was born March 27, 1935 and grew up in Little Rock, AR.

John entered UT Austin in the fall of 1952. He received an undergraduate degree, with honors, in 1956. While at UT he was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and the Silver Spurs service organization. He was also a member of the Navy ROTC and, at that time there were quite a few men who were Midshipmen and members of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, including Alan Bean, Cub Amos, Joe Allen and Henry McCown. Upon graduation he was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. He concluded his tour of active duty as the executive officer of a destroyer escort in the Pacific Ocean.

After his active duty service ended, John entered Tulane University School of Law, where he was a member of the student board of editors of the Tulane Law Review and Phi Delta Phi fraternity. He graduated with a law degree in 1960.
John then embarked on the private practice of law, first with the firm which became McCloskey, Dennery, Page & Hennesy, and then with Lemle & Kelleher, L.L.P., following a merger in 1985. He was elected several times to serve on the Nominating Committee of the Louisiana State Bar Association, and also served two terms on the Board of Governors of that association. He served as president of the New Orleans Bar Association, and was a member of the American Bar Association as well as the State Bar of Texas. Mr. Page was a life member of the Fellows of both the Louisiana and the American Bar Foundations. He also served on the initial steering committee of the prestigious Tulane Corporate Law Institute. His civic involvement included service on the board of the New Orleans Educational Television Foundation and New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation.
John was a member of The Boston Club, The Louisiana Club, the Recess Club, the New Orleans Lawn Tennis Club, and the Stratford Club, and served as president of the latter two clubs. He also was a member of several carnival organizations. His passions, beyond his family and friends, were Tulane baseball and singing, which he was known to do almost anywhere, at the drop of a hat.

He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Elizabeth Duane Leach Page, his son and daughter-in-law, J. Marshall, III and Kimberly Andrews Page, his daughter, Caroline McCay Page, his grandchildren, Lindsey Andrews Page and George Connor Page, all of New Orleans, and his sister, Anna Page Fleming, of Bethesda, Maryland.

A memorial service was held at Trinity Episcopal Church on July 14th. Burial was private. Much of this obituary was from one posted on the website, with some supplemental information from the Cactus yearbook and some of John’s classmates. His death was reported to us by his shipmate and fraternity brother, CAPT Henry Y. McCown, USN (Ret).



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