in the Field of Blindness and Visual Impairment
Warren D. Figueiredo
(January 25, 1952 - May 19, 2010)
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 21, 2010 at a 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Francis Regis Catholic Church in Arnaudville for Warren Douglas Figueiredo, age 58, who passed away Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at J. Michael Morrow Nursing Home in Arnaudville.
Interment will be in St. Francis Regis Cemetery in Arnaudville. The Rev. Keenan Brown, pastor of St. Francis Regis Catholic Church, will officiate at the services.
Warren was a native of Arnaudville and a resident of Baton Rouge. He spent his life in service to the blind community as an educator and a braille producer. He attended Leonville High School and the Louisiana State School for the blind from which he received his high school diploma in 1970. His bachelor's degree in secondary education came from Louisiana Tech University in 1973. In 1976 he received his literary braille transcriber's certificate from the Library of Congress. He attended the University of Texas at Austin where he earned a master's degree in special education with an emphasis on visual disabilities in 1980. From 1973 through 2004 he was a staff member of the Louisiana State School for the Blind and its offshoot the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired. Throughout his years at the school at one time or another he taught French, braille, and language arts; worked in the recreation program; served as Dean of Boys; and was a school librarian. He also was a resource teacher for students who went from LSVI to local high schools. He founded and oversaw the Outreach and Technical Assistance Project. During his final years at LSVI, he directed the Louisiana Instructional Materials Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired where he and his hard-working staff made sure that blind students across the state had their braille and large print books. For many years he assisted the LEAP test. Warren served as an ex officio trustee of the American Printing House for the Blind and represented APH on the Braille Authority on North America. He also served on the board of the National Braille Association. He had the privilege of serving on board of Braille Planet. He was a lifelong member of the National Federation of the Blind where he served for many years as the treasurer of the National Association to Promote the Use of Braille. He had a lifelong respect for so many of the members of the blind community as they struggled to achieve independence, gain respect, and achieve equality. He was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Baton Rouge.
Survivors include his father, Luiz Figueiredo of Sao Paola, Brazil; his mother, Louise Guilbeau Rabalais of Arnaudville; two brothers, Luiz Figueiredo, Jr and his wife, Maria, of Arnaudville, and Carlos Figueiredo of Indonesia; one step brother, Murray Rabalais, Jr and his wife, Joan, of Thibodaux; one half sister, Ann Marie Richard of Lafayette; one step sister, Karen Rabalais Olivier and her husband, Pat, of Arnaudville; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his step father, Murray Rabalais.
A rosary will be prayed at 9:00 a.m. Friday in the funeral home.
The family requests that visiting hours be observed Friday from 8:00 a.m. until service time on Friday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in the name of Warren Figueiredo may be made to American Printing House for the Blind, 1839 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206-0085.
Pallbearers will be Murray Rabalais, Jr, Patrick Olivier, Pat Olivier, Mario Figueiredo, Tibby Figueiredo, and Francis Guilbeau.
Melancon Funeral Home of Arnaudville, 224 Main Street, (337) 754-5725, is in charge of arrangements.