Newman Stephen Laz Braud, a 1948 initiate of the Beta Iota Chapter at Xavier University, New Orleans, Louisiana, entered the Chapter Invisible December 30, 2011. He was a charter member of the Lake Charles (LA) and Opelousas (LA) Alumni Chapters, and was active with Opelousas (LA) Alumni Chapter.
Brother Braud was born January 1, 1926, in New Orleans, Louisiana, to the late Granville and Ethel Braud. He received his Bachelor’s degree in 1950 from Xavier University, and his Master’s degree from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. He began post graduate studies at the University of Colorado in Denver, and continued at the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette, Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana -Lafayette), and the University of Houston, after moving to the Acadiana area of Louisiana in 1950.
Brother Braud was a World War II Veteran having honorably served his country in the United States Army. He retired from the St. Martin Parish School Board, where he worked in multiple capacities as an educator. After retirement, he later served as a lieutenant in the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Department. He was also an independent insurance agent for Aetna Insurance Company, a long-time member of the Notre Dame Catholic Church (St. Martinville, Louisiana) Usher Board, the Retired Teachers Association, St. Martin Parish Planning Commission, and Phi Delta Kappa, as well as a lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Survivors include his devoted wife of 59 years, Melba Danzie Braud; one son, Michael Patrick John Braud of Colorado; one daughter, Lynette Miguel Braud of New Orleans; one brother, Walter Braud (Dorothy) of Sacramento, California; two sisters, Ursula Caldwell (Richmond) of Roseville, California, and Louella McDaniel of Apple Valley, California; a loving sister-in-law, Marion Braud of Altadena, California; one granddaughter, Natalie Christine Lindon of St. Martinville, Louisiana; a host of nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
Brother Braud was preceded in death by one son, Newman Stephen Braud, Jr., one daughter, Madeleine Braud Lindon; two brothers, Granville Braud, Jr., and Roland Braud, Sr., and two sisters, Ethelyn Thomas and Joyce Benemie.
Brother Braud was an outstanding husband and father, an amazing grandfather, and a dedicated educator who impacted all those with whom he came in contact. He was a vibrant and captivating man that will be missed and forever cherished.