1931 – 2019


Eugene Eean “Jack” McNaughton Jr. died peacefully at his home in New Orleans on June 4, 2019. He is survived by his wife of 67 years Joan (Alva Lucas) and sons Scott Duncan (Diane), Clifton Beardsfield (Mary), and predeceased by his son Eugene Eean III. (Rhonda), brother Charles (Frances) sister-in-law Patricia Lucas, brother-in-law John “JT” Lucas. He will be remembered by his 8 grandchildren Clifton Jr., Duncan, Eean Alexander, Eean Andrew, Lesley, Lindsey (Blake), Margaret, Michael, Tianna, step grandchildren Rhoni and Tricia and 3 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was born in New Orleans on October 12, 1931 to Eean Eugene and Mary Ellis McNaughton. He graduated from Alcee Fortier high school and enrolled in the Tulane School of architecture graduating in 1955. Sailing was his lifelong passion starting with childhood, and to include joining ROTC and service as an ensign on a destroyer in the U.S. Navy to becoming an avid sailor on Lake Pontchartrain, the gulf coast and the Mediterranean Sea. In 1972, he established E Eean McNaughton Architects. His work as principal architect effected the fabric of New Orleans, Louisiana and the Gulf coast. To live and visit in New Orleans is to experience the spaces and architecture that was enriched by his thoughtful designs and planning such as the Moonwalk Improvements & Riverfront Promenade allowing pedestrian access from the French Market to the Mississippi River at Dumaine Street and St. Philip Street. His firm designed the Louisiana Nature Center, Benjamin Franklin High School, Russell B Long federal and court building, Poydras Home for the elderly renovation and additions, First Baptist Church and Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, and the US Pavilion Louisiana World Expo in 1984. He provided restoration services for the Coliseum Square Neighborhood Park, US Mint, Old State Capital, lower Pontalba, Cabildo and Presbyter buildings, African House of the Melrose plantation. He designed multiple residences for New Orleans citizens. He received 18 local, state and national AIA awards for his architectural work and service to community and governmental organizations (visit emarchitects.com for details). He was active in the creation of the architectural selection board with the Louisiana AIA. He taught in the Tulane School of Architecture as a visiting professor from 1972-1986 and an adjunct professor till 2012 and was awarded Professor Emeritus by Tulane. His teaching emphasized creative design solutions for buildability, sustainability, social responsibility. He will be missed by New Orleans, his family and his community. A celebration of his life will be held Friday August 9th at 2 pm at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church. Visitation will take place from 1-2 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Masters in Preservation Architecture student Scholarship fund at Tulane University. Checks can be made to Tulane University, P.O. Box 61075, New Orleans, LA 70161-9986. Indicate the purpose (in memory of Eugene Eean McNaughton) of your gift in the memo line. The family invites you to share your thoughts, fond memories, and condolences online at:

Published in The Times-Picayune on July 7, 2019

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