New Orleans’ beloved activist, educator, journalist and broadcaster, Paul Beaulieu Jr., passed away at age 75 on Tuesday, July 24, 2018.
He graduated from St. Augustine High School in 1961 and Xavier University of Louisiana in 1965. Paul is the beloved husband of Cynthia King Beaulieu. He is also survived by his daughters, Samantha Beaulieu and Lyndsey Beaulieu; brothers, Marvin Beaulieu and Lovell Beaulieu; sisters, Karen Beaulieu Major and Victoria Beaulieu Saulny; brother- and sister-in-law Bobby Major Jr. and Lorena King Clark.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Maria Goretti Church, on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, with Interment at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Mayor LaToya Cantrell released the following statement on the death of Paul Beaulieu, who passed Tuesday, July 24, after a storied journalism career in print, television and radio:
“Today New Orleans lost one of her true legendary sons, Paul Beaulieu. He was a community leader who spoke with strength and conviction for those who couldn’t. Just Friday, I had the pleasure of spending time with him as a guest on his radio show,” Mayor Cantrell said. “We engaged in provocative dialogue about moving our city forward. There are few more passionate about New Orleans than Paul Beaulieu was. We will proudly remember him as a legendary journalist here in our city.”
Beaulieu, a product of New Orleans’ 7th Ward and a proud graduate of St. Augustine High School, first made his mark as an opinion writer for the States-Item. Later he turned to broadcasting, first as host of the WVUE program “Dimensions” and then on the local-cable talk show “Between the Lines.” He more recently served as a host and the general manager for WBOK-AM, where he was a powerful voice in speaking truth to power during the critical early period of the city’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina.
The New Orleans City Council honored Beaulieu with a proclamation upon his retirement from WBOK in 2015.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the St. Augustine High School Paul Beaulieu Jr. Scholarship Fund, 2600 A.P. Tureaud Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119 (504)940-5980. www.purpleknights.com.
Data News Weekly will be running a full feature article on Paul Beaulieu in next week’s edition. He was a dear friend and mentor to our staff and publisher for decades, and he will be greatly missed.