|Birth: ||Sep. 20, 1927|
|Death: ||Nov. 18, 1997|
Theodore N. LaVenture was an award-winning lighting designer. He worked for Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. from 1951 until retiring in 1987 as a marketing specialist. He was a longtime, active member of Ogdensburg Elks Lodge 722.
Born Sept. 20, 1927, in Rutland, Vt., a son of Theodore N. and Sarah G. Loveday LaVenture, he graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy in 1945 and served in the Navy from 1945 to 1948 aboard the USS Mississippi as an engineer. He attended Canton Agricultural and Technical Institute.
He married Jeanette Constance Brunet on Jan. 14, 1961, in Notre Dame Church, Ogdensburg, with Monsignor A.D. Charbonneau, pastor, officiating. She died March 1, 1990.
During the 1970s, Mr. LaVenture was a member of the Massena Downtown Merchants Association and Massena Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society and received the society's outstanding lighting achievement award for the northeastern United States for his design of special floodlighting on a 1 million-gallon Massena water tank.
He joined Ogdensburg Elks Lodge 772 in 1956 and served in all lodge chairs to become exalted ruler from 1960 to 1962. In 1967, he was appointed district deputy grand exalted ruler. From 1968 to 1974, he was state chairman of the Americanism Committee, for which he received a citation from the Grand Lodge for his work with billboard promotions.
In 1974, he started the state Elks drug abuse prevention program and was chairman of the state scholarship committee. On May 14, 1976, he was unanimously elected president of the New York State Elks Association, being the only member of the Ogdensburg Lodge ever to attain the position.
After completing his term, he served on the state Elks Advisory Board and worked on major projects including the Elks Cerebral Palsy Fund. Based on his fund-raising for cerebral palsy research, he was asked by the New York State Cerebral Palsy Association to serve on its board of directors.
Jeanette Constance Brunet LaVenture (1932 - 1990)
Foxwood Memorial Park
St. Lawrence County
New York, USA
Created by: Anne Cady
Record added: Jan 24, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33200128