Edward Beauregard Picou Jr.

March 26, 1932 ~ January 30, 2024 (age 91) 91 Years Old


Edward Beauregard Picou, Jr. died at the age of 91 years shortly after midnight on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, of Congestive heart failure.  He died at home with his partner at his side. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward B. Picou, Sr., and Violet Babin Picou, and sisters, Marie Louise Picou and Iris Picou Threeton. Survivors include his life partner of 56 years, Dan Armstrong and his niece Virginia Threeton Charleville (Ronnie) and nephews Michael Joseph Threeton (Sandi), Lawson Edward Threeton (Debra).  Mr. Picou was a native of Baton Rouge, having been born there on March 26, 1932, and lived in New Orleans since 1960.

He graduated from Catholic High School in 1949 and earned a BS degree in Geology from Louisiana State University in 1955. He served in the US Army as a commissioned officer in the Chemical Corps, mostly in Korea. A retired paleontologist of Shell Offshore Inc., Ed supervised the Exploration paleontology staff for almost three decades and retired from the company after 34 years as an Exploration Consultant, the company’s highest technical rank. He held honorary memberships in the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology), the Gulf Coast Section of SEPM, the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, and the New Orleans Geological Society. In 2010, the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies awarded him their highest award, the Don R. Boyd Medal for Excellence in Gulf Coast Geology. He was treasurer of the American Association of Petroleum Geologist 2000-2002 and was known as “Mr. NOGS” owing to his many years of volunteer service to the New Orleans Geological Society. In 2021, he received a NOGS Lifetime Achievement Award. He was an early advocate for digitizing technical publications and was instrumental in having all of the society’s publications digitized by AAPG Datapages in 2003, the first local geological society in the country to do so. Ed was a Life Trustee of the Paleontological Research Institution of Ithaca, New York. He was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member and a former chairman of the LSU College of Science Dean’s Circle Executive Committee. In 2007 he was inducted into the Hall of Distinction of the College of Science, and in 2009 he was inducted into the LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction. He was a member of the American Petroleum Institute – Delta Section, the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Paleontological Society, and a Patron of the Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research. In addition to the New Orleans Geological Society, he also held long-time memberships in the Houston and Baton Rouge geological societies. Education was always important to him. For many years he served on the LSU Geology Alumni Advisory Council. In 2007, through the Foundation of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Grants-in-Aid program, he funded a university restricted graduate scholarship for deserving geology students at LSU. In 2002, the Foundation of the Gulf Coast Section of SEPM honored Ed by naming their Fellowship Grant for Graduate Studies in Earth Sciences for him. In December 2023 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from LSU. His life was based on his premise that a life lived in the service of others was a life well-lived. He was a life-long member of St. George Catholic Church of Baton Rouge.

Honoring his request, his body was cremated.  A visitation will be held from 2pm to 4 pm on Friday, February 9 at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal Street, New Orleans, La. A funeral service will be Saturday, February 10 at St. George Catholic Church, 7808 St. George Drive, Baton Rouge.  Visitation from 9 am until service at 11 am and inurnment of his ashes in St. George Catholic Church Cemetery. No flowers, please, but please consideration a memorial donation to the AAPG Foundation, P.O. Box 949, Tulsa, OK 74104, designated for the Edward Picou, LSU Grant-in-Aid Scholarship.

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February 9, 2024

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home
3827 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70119


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