Al LeBlanc M.D. was a well-loved Ob-Gyn physician who delivered thousands of babies throughout his long career. Dr. LeBlanc, 83, departed this life on Monday, the 21st of July, 2014 at his home in Galveston, surrounded by his family.
Al was born the 13th of June, 1931 in Beaumont, Texas, the oldest of six children. He graduated from St. Anthony Catholic High School and attended Lamar College and the University of Texas in Austin. Al’s medical training began in 1951 at UTMB. He received his MD degree in 1955. After graduating from UTMB Medical School, Al served his country in the US Navy at both Oakland, California and Sasebo, Japan Naval Base Hospitals.
In 1958, after completing his military service, Al began an Ob-Gyn residency program at UTMB. He considered Ob-Gyn a happy, joyful specialty and decided to make it his career. His 50+ year career at UTMB encompassed many academic and administrative positions, including serving as a full professor with the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical Director for UTMB Hospitals, Vice President for Hospital Affairs, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, Assistant Vice President for Clinical Affairs School of Medicine, Institutional Liaison with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Interim Chairman for the Department of Radiation Therapy, Interim Executive Director and Chief Nursing Officer, Interim Vice Chair for the Department of Neurology and Associate Dean Emeritus for Graduate Medical Education.
Al was active in many state and national committees including the Governor’s Criminal Justice Task Force for Health Affairs, Texas Medical Association on Access to Health Care and Health Facilities, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Education Commission and the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Al was involved in many UTMB committees during his career and dedicated himself fully to their causes. He received numerous awards and honors while at UTMB that reflect his excellence in patient care, teaching and administration. He was also a member of multiple professional medical organizations.
Al passionately participated in and supported many community organizations that promoted education, the love of reading and helping others in need. He was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He loved reading books, playing Texas Hold’em, working crossword puzzles, playing chess, scrabble and bridge – the simple pleasures of life all shared with his family. Al created a family unit that can compare to none other, our shining star. He was a remarkable teacher, mentor, problem solver, physician, husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.
Al was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Bonnie LeBlanc.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; his son Al LeBlanc, Jr. and wife, Karen; his son, Steven LeBlanc and wife Jolene; his daughter, Mary LeBlanc; his daughter, Karen Forester and husband, Anthony; his son, Marc LeBlanc; and his daughter, Margaret Freudenburg and husband, Paul. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Derrill Naschke and wife Jeanette; Alexandra Naschke; Kyle LeBlanc and wife, Laura; Eric LeBlanc and wife, Leanne; Jolie LeBlanc; Adam Novelli; Elliott, Marcus and Annie Freudenburg; and Max and Chrissy LeBlanc; great grandchildren Austin, Nolan and Ethan; brothers, Joseph LeBlanc and John LeBlanc and wife, Claudia; sisters, Francine Stepp, Mary Thielan, and Bonnie Roberts and husband, Wayne; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Thomas Blackwell and Chrystal Gates for their support and kindness during Al’s illness. We would also like to thank Esther Koleng, Al’s lifelong secretary, for her dedication and unending friendship.
Al’s family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00 pm, Sunday, July 27th, 2014, at Sacred Heart Church. A rosary will begin at 6:30 pm, led by Deacon Doug Matthews.
Funeral Mass will be 12:00 Noon, Monday, July 28th, 2014, at Sacred Heart Church with Father Frank Fabj as Celebrant. A private family burial will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, Al requested that contributions be made to the Academic Excellence Booster Club, the Rosenberg Library, Sacred Heart Church, O’Connell College Preparatory High School, The Children’s Center, or the Galveston College Foundation.
Our family would like to thank all those who provided love and support during this difficult time.