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- The DeLuca Group held its annual Christmas luncheon in
memory of Dr. DeLuca on December 6, 2019, at Tony Mandina’s
restaurant in Gretna (group photo bottom left). Organized by Tony
Baez ‘73, the luncheon included special guests Coach Joe
Zimmerman; former Shaw assistant principal and guidance counselor
Dennis Coulon; Rev. Frank Carabello, 1973-74 co-principal with Dr.
DeLuca; Shaw principal Dr. Mark Williams ’84; and 2019 DeLuca
Scholarship winner, Braden Cortez ‘24. To join us in December 2020,
contact Tony Baez ‘73 at anthonybaez@bellsouth.net.

- 60 boys and girls living in poverty received 2019 Christmas
“boxes of joy” purchased with $2,040 in cash donations from the
DeLuca Group through its “Brother Dave’s Den” effort at the annual
DeLuca Christmas luncheon. The gift packages included toiletries
and toys for children who might otherwise receive no gifts for
Christmas. Rene Faucheux ‘73 coordinated the gift purchases and
delivery through Catholic Outreach Ministries.

2020 Winners: Carson Jeansonne

St. Cletus School Gretna, LA; 

Stephen Houin & Patrick Strahan Christ the King School Terrytown, LA

2019 Winner: Braden Cortez

St. Cletus School

Gretna, LA

ABOUT US: The DeLuca Group honors and remembers the late Dr. Gerald F. DeLuca (1938-
2018) through fellowship and giving. A native of McDonoughville, Dr. DeLuca was a Westbank
educational icon and academic prodigy who excelled in all things scholastic, including chemistry,
physics, mathematics, English, Spanish, writing and school administration. He was a beloved
member of Shaw’s 1962 founding faculty, who became Shaw’s Assistant Principal for Academic
Affairs, Co-Principal in 1973-74 and later Provost of Our Lady of Holy Cross College in Algiers and
a 2019 inductee into the Shaw Hall of Fame. He was a mentor, counselor, friend and role model who
paid individualized attention to his students’ lives and contributed to their development into men.

The DeLuca Group strives to maintain Dr. DeLuca’s memory and legacy of love and
academic excellence at Archbishop Shaw High School through activities and donations, either
directly to the school in his name or through the Dr. Gerald F. DeLuca Academic Advancement
Fund, a separate component of the Archbishop Shaw High School Alumni Association, Inc.
501(c)(3). The account will receive and direct donations to Archbishop Shaw High School to fund:

– the Dr. Gerald F. DeLuca Scholarship, awarded annually in the amount of at least
$5,000.00 to one or more incoming eighth-graders whose elementary school grades and standardize
tests scores show his potential for academic excellence in math and science; the infrastructure and
equipment needs of Shaw’s Gerald F. DeLuca Chemistry Lab, including the Forensic Chemistry
Program; and an endowment to generate future proceeds to sustain and increase the DeLuca
scholarship and chemistry lab, its equipment and instructional programs.

- Pat Pereira ‘73 has become the 13th member of the DeLuca
500 Club. Pat joins the other 2019 participants, Mike Paternostro ‘73,
Jackie Berthelot ‘72, Joe Toomy ‘66, Mike Adams ‘73, John
Randazzo ‘73, Audie Hymel ‘74, Jason Brown ‘92, Gus Crammond
‘73, Willie Marque ‘72, Terry Talamo ‘73, Jay Wilkinson ‘73, and
Rene Faucheux ‘73. In 2019, the 500 Club donated $8,000 to fund the
2020 DeLuca scholarships. To join us for our 2020-2021 effort, contact Jackie Berthelot ‘72 at jberthelot1028@aol.com.

Gerald F. DeLuca


- The Class of 1974, through Doug Calderera and Jerry
Simoneaux, donated $200 from its recent 45th class reunion for
deposit into the new Dr. Gerald F. DeLuca Academic Advancement
Fund. With other donations received at the Christmas luncheon, the
new fund had a start-up balance of $2,660 as of January 1, 2020.

- In December 2019, the DeLuca Group formed the Dr. Gerald
F. DeLuca Academic Advancement Fund. The fund is a separate
component of the Archbishop Shaw High School Alumni
Association, Inc. 501(c)(3) account at the Homebank branch in
Harvey, LA. The account will receive donations to be used by
Archbishop Shaw High School to fund academic scholarships, the
chemistry lab and its programs and other scholastic endeavors, all in
memory of Dr. DeLuca.

- The “state-of-the-art” DeLuca Chemistry Lab and its
Forensic Chemistry Course were featured in a newspaper article by
Beth Donze in the New Orleans Clarion Herald on August 22, 2019.
The article notes that “in 2018, alumni who stayed close to their
former teacher . . . raised $30,000 to enhance Shaw’s chemistry lab.”
It can be read online if you Google New Abp. Shaw elective to probe
forensic science - Clarion Herald.

JOIN US through your direct donations or by participating in any of our activities.

Attendees at 2019 Christmas Luncheon