Eugene Murret ’54, J.D. ’59
Class of 1959

Philosophy professor Rev. Guy Lemiuex, S.J., referred to his fellow Jesuits at Loyola at the time, Fr. Toomey and Fr. Twomey, as “conjunctive and numerical.....” Among many other activities, Fr. Lou Twomey taught Jurisprudence in the Law School. The small raised platform with a table and chair could hardly contain this dynamic teacher who frequently fell off the platform while trying to walk around the table. His first action on the first day of class was to write in large numbers on the blackboard, 1848, the writing of The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx, whom he would proceed to explain and then provide an alternative view. Similarly, he quoted the famous U.S. Supreme Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: “There is no essential difference between a man and a baboon or a grain of sand,” and provided an alternative view. It surprises me that after more than 50 years, I still remember these two things that he said in that freshman class on the first day of law school.

Judge Oliver P. “Ike” Carriere taught an 8 a.m. class in Federal Jurisdiction before going to sit on the bench of the Civil District Court in New Orleans. He had been an All American running back at LSU in the 1920s and in later years was chairman of the LSU Athletic Committee. In 1958, LSU won the NCAA national football championship under Coach Dietzel. Each Monday morning class began with a critique of the Saturday LSU game. In one such class Ike said: “The newspapers are saying that Coach Dietzel is the greatest psychologist who has ever lived, or at least since the time of Napoleon. The reason given is that he has the third team, the Chinese Bandits, thinking that they are as good as the first team. Gentlemen, that's not psychology. The third team is as good as the first team!”