HERBERT Clay Dessauer was born on 30 December 1921 in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Herbert Andrew Dessauer and Shirley Ross Patin Dessauer, the first of four children. His siblings are Carol P. Dessauer Duplantis, a nurse, born 12 September 1923; Don P. Dessauer, insurance executive, born 23 December 1926; Jane P. Dessauer Luecke, teacher, born 20 January 1931. His father was a jeweler, athletics coach, and a professional baseball player; and his mother was a preschool and elementary school teacher. In fact, in one of the local churches, she organized one of the first preschool classes in New Orleans. Herb, as he is affectionately known, spent his early years in the Broadmoor area of New Orleans, which is nine feet below sea level. Herb recalls the 1927 flood in New Orleans when he was six years old; his home was spared from flooding because it was built on four-foot pillars....

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