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Walter Comeaux Scholarship Established at SJA

The St. Joseph’s Academy Board of Directors has established the Walter Louis Comeaux II Memorial Scholarship in the SJA Foundation. The scholarship was established in celebration of Walter’s life and good works.

Walter was born on October 6, 1951, and passed away on December 1, 2020, after a brief battle with COVID-19. A lifelong resident of Baton Rouge, he graduated from University High School in 1969. He graduated from Louisiana State University in 1973 and Loyola Law School in 1975. Following a brief practice in New Orleans, he returned to Baton Rouge to focus his practice on real estate. He founded Commerce Title & Abstract Company in 1983, handling thousands of real estate transactions over the years. Today, it is the largest title company in the city.

Walter was a devout Catholic, a man of prayer and faith and a man for others. His generosity, service, kindness and love were experienced by all who knew him and many who did not. 

An avid wine collector, Walter loved to travel to wineries all over the world. He went scuba diving in the Adriatic Sea, Thailand and Cuba, and he climbed Mount Blanc in France and to the base camp of Mt. Everest and Mt. Kilimanjaro. He loved fishing, LSU football, supper clubs and Saturday morning breakfasts with his friends. 

Walter is survived by his wife, Jan Rhorer Breen, president of St. Joseph’s Academy and a 1969 graduate. He is also survived by his children, Neila Stone (Calvert), Walter Louis Comeaux III, Brian Comeaux and Allyson Comeaux Saia ’01 (Sam); grandchildren Neila Camille ’24, Andrew and Ollie Stone; Julie, Amelia, Walter Louis IV and Madeline Comeaux; Anna Frances and Graves Saia; siblings Neila Comeaux Eckler ’60, Dr. Clifford Comeaux Jr., Deanie Comeaux Bahan ’64 and Ann Comeaux Legleu ’68 (Tommy); and nieces and nephews Michael Eckler, Patrick Eckler, Clifford Charles III, Elisa Clare Comeaux Babin ’90, Remy Gross, Christen Legleu ’93 and Catherine Legleu White ’02.

To make a donation to the scholarship established in Walter’s memory, please click here.


Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Communications Director

Photos courtey of Jan Rhorer Breen, the Comeaux Family and Erin Albarado