Alvin G. Gottschall passed away Sunday, September 19, 2010. Graveside services will be held at Lake Park Cemetery at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011.
Mr. Gottschall, son of the late Alvin Musser and Thelma Austin Gottschall, was a native of New Orleans, La., and resident of Point Clear, Ala. He attended Tulane University, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and the Naval R.O.T.C. Unit, graduating with a BE in Mechanical Engineering in 1943. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII in the Pacific Theatre as an Engineer officer and a Commanding officer on the U.S.S. Mertz-DD691. After active duty and Naval Reserve service, he retired with a rank of Commander USNR. He then became sales Engineer with Gulf Oil Corp., as well as with PPG industries, chemical division, where he held several sales management positions until retirement as a business consultant for the chemical industry. He was a former member of the New Orleans Country Club, the Southern Yacht Club, the N.O. Athletic Club, and several New Orleans Carnival organizations. He was also a former member of Sunset Country Club and A.D.A.C.I.O.M. of St. Louis, MO, as well as Edina County Club of Minneapolis, Minn., and more recently, a member of the Lakewood Golf Club in Point Clear, Ala. Survivors include his wife, Mary Fran Thompson Gottschall of Point Clear, Ala.; daughter, Anne Hilton Purvis of Accord, NY; son, John Austin Gottschall and his wife, Brittany Ann Smith of Chicago, Ill.; sister, Jane Austin Gottschall of San Jose, Calif.; and two grandsons, Liam Sayer Purvis and Bosch Austin Purvis. Memory Chapel of Laurel is in charge of arrangements.