Joseph Grima Bernard (1920-2010)


Bernard, Joseph Grima

Personal Information

Birth/Death:    d. 1/24/2010
Occupation:    American architect
Location:    New Orleans, LA

AIA Affiliation

Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 1950-decease

Biographical Sources

American Architects Directories:
Address listed in 1956 American Architects Directory
Address listed in 1962 American Architects Directory
Address listed in 1970 American Architects Directory
Obituary sent to AIA:
BERNARD Joseph Grima Bernard, an architect and former president of the New Orleans Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, died on January 24, 2010. He was 88 years old and a life-long resident of New Orleans. He served in the Carribean and Pacific Theatres in World War II as an aircraft engineering officer in the Army Air Corps, completing his service as a captain. Mr. Bernard was a graduate of Jesuit High School and Tulane University, where he received a Master of Architecture degree. He was a former president of France-Amerique de la Louisiane, The Louisiana Landmarks Society and the Serra Club of New Orleans. For twenty years he was Resident Architect for Tulane University Medical Center, retiring in 1993. He served a four-year term on the Vieux Carre Commission during Moon Landrieu's first term as mayor. After retirement, he served on the Advisory Board of the Cenacle Retreat House for several years until immobility impeded his serving. He was an active member of Holy Name of Jesus Parish. He was an annual attendee of Manresa Retreat House for over 45 years. He was a member of several carnival organizations. He is survived by his beloved wife, the former Virginia Fairfax; two sons, John Fairfax Bernard of Mandeville, LA and Joseph Grima Bernard, Jr. of Mamaroneck, NY; two daughters, Marcelle Bernard and Celeste Bernard Bitchatch, both of New Orleans; a sister, Mrs. Robert M. Ewing of Portland, Maine; and three grandchildren, Elizabeth Bernard, John Bernard, Jr. and Clarisse Bernard-Bitchatch. The Family wishes to express its sincere gratitude for the compassionate care of Pat Gibson. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 6367 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, La., on Monday, January 25, 2010 at 10:30am. Visitation will be at the Church at 9:30am. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Louisiana Landmarks Society, or to Catholic Charities, 1000 Howard Avenue, New Orleans, La. or to the Charity of your choice. To sign and view the Family Guestbook, please visitwww.lakelawnmetairie.com. LAKE LAWN METAIRIE FUNERAL HOME in charge of arrangements.

Related Records

Partner of Joseph Bernard

Archival Holdings

The American Institute of Architects Archives
      Membership file may contain membership application, related correspondence. Files of living persons are not available for research. Contact the AIA Archives at archives@aia.org for further information.
Southeastern Architectural Archive, Tulane University Libraries
      Collection 49. Toledano, Wogan and Bernard Office Records (includes successor firms). See under Albert Toledano