Nov 19, 2013 1:19 PM by Ian Auzenne
A former Crowley city judge and major figure on the local political scene has died.
Edmund Reggie passed away this morning at his Lafayette home. He was 87.
Reggie was born to parents who emigrated from Lebanon. A Crowley native, Reggie was appointed as the city's judge in 1951, taking office at the age of 24. Reggie remained on the bench for 25 years.
Reggie was instrumental in bringing John F. Kennedy to Crowley during his presidential campaign. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, visited the 1959 International Rice Festival. Reggie remained close to the Kennedy family for the rest of his life, extending to the presidential campaigns of both Robert and Edward Kennedy. Reggie's daughter, Victoria, married Edward Kennedy in 1992.
Reggie was also a maven on the state political scene. He held a number of appointed offices, but he never ran for elected office other than his judgeship. This did not keep him from serving in the campaigns and administrations of several governors, including serving as transition team leader and executive counsel for Edwin Edwards.
Reggie's political work earned him wide recognition. He was once named the Most Distinguished Young Democrat in Louisiana and was inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame in 2004.
Reggie is survived by his wife of 62 years, Doris Boustany Reggie, six children, 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements have not been announced.