Rudolph George Dinvaut

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 6, 2009

Rudolph G. Dinvaut, Reserve, retired coach and principal passed away Friday, July 3, 2009 at Ochsner Medical Center. He was 80 years old.

Coach Dinvaut graduated from Snow Hill Academy High School in Snow Hill, Alabama in 1950. He attended Southern University in Baton Rouge from 1951 to 1954 and graduated in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Physical Education. Coach Dinvaut was a member of the Southern University football team from 1951 — 1954 and a member of Kappa Alpha Phi Fraternity. He earned his Master’s Degree in Health and Physical Education in 1965 and received his thirty plus in Administration in 1972. He was drafted into the US Army in 1954 and received a honorable discharge in 1956 serving a tour of duty in Germany.

Coach Dinvaut served as Head Coach at Second Ward High School (now West St. John High) in football, basketball, and track from 1956 to 1978 and became Principal of West St. John High School in 1979. He retired in 1990 with an outstanding record of accomplishments especially in football having a record of two hundred wins, forty-two losses. Coach Dinvaut was inducted into the Southern University’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1998 and in 2001, the West St. John High School football stadium in Edgard, La. was renamed in his honor.

Because of his dedication and love of sports, Coach Dinvaut established The Rudolph George Dinvaut Athletic Foundation in 2004. The Foundation hosts an annual golf tournament to support West St. John High School athletic department, stadium and scholarship fund.

Coach Dinvaut leaves to cherish in his memory, three loving and dedicated daughters, Bridget Dinvaut, Bonnie Dinvaut-Irving, and Billie Dinvaut-Duncan, two son-in-laws Elden Irving and Malcolm Duncan two grandchildren Noah Dinvaut Duncan and Codi Dinvaut Duncan he is also survived by his brother Ferdinand (Philomena) Dinvaut; his sisters Rosemary Sorapuru, Jacqueline Rousseve of Edgard, Beverly (Henry Yale) Harris of Laplace, his sister-in-laws Theresa Derbigny and Bertha Johnwell, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 32 years Corine Pipion Dinvaut, his parents Luella B. and Fernand N. Dinvaut, Jr. and his brother Mullin Dinvaut. He will be deeply missed by family and friends.

A Wake service for Coach Dinvaut will be held Thursday, July 9, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Funeral Mass will be held Friday, July 10, 2009, at 11 a.m. both at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, LA 44 (River Road), Reserve, LA., Father Joseph Rodney celebrant. Interment at St. Peters Cemetery, Reserve, La. Robottom Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.