James Patrick "Pat" Screen, Jr.
East Baton Rouge Parish, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
In office
Preceded byW.W. Dumas
Succeeded byTom Ed McHugh
Personal details
Born(1943-05-13)May 13, 1943
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States
DiedSeptember 12, 1994(1994-09-12) (aged 51)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseKathleen Clare McCall Screen
ChildrenJames Patrick Screen III
Thomas McCall Screen
Mary Shannon Screen Beacham
Residence(s)Baton Rouge
East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
Alma materJesuit High School (New Orleans)
Louisiana State University

James Patrick Screen Jr., known as Pat Screen (May 13, 1943 – September 12, 1994), was an athlete, attorney, and politician from New Orleans. He was elected in 1980 as the Democratic Mayor-President of East Baton Rouge Parish from 1981 to 1988.[1] He had been a quarterback for Louisiana State University and played in the 1966 Cotton Bowl.

Football athlete

Pat Screen was born in New Orleans as the son of James P. Screen (1914–1994) and Rosemary T. Screen (1921–2002). He played football as a high school sophomore at Jesuit High School in New Orleans.[2]

He continued he continued to play at LSU in Baton Rouge. In 1963, he sustained a separated shoulder in the fourth game against the University of Miami.[2] In the 1964 game against LSU's arch-rival Ole Miss, Screen was injured, and played with a heavily taped knee. He hit nine of ten passes in an early 69-yard drive that gave the Tigers a 3–0 lead. In the second quarter, pain forced Screen to yield to Billy Ezell. LSU prevailed 10-9 as the result of an unexpected two-point conversion[3] In 1965, Screen was drafted in the tenth round by the Cleveland Browns.[4]

Screen did not play professionally but returned to the university to earn an LSU law degree. He joined a practice in criminal law in Baton Rouge in 1970. One of his law partners was City Judge Ossie Brown. In 1972 Brown was elected as East Baton Rouge Parish district attorney and served two terms.[5]

Political career

Screen became active in politics, joining the Democratic Party. In 1971, Screen served on the committee to elect his fellow Democrat Jamar Adcock, a banker from Monroe, as lieutenant governor. They wanted to position him to succeed C. C. "Taddy" Aycock of Franlin in St. Mary Parish, but the latter did not win the governorship. The position was won by Jimmy Fitzmorris, a former New Orleans City Councilman, and he was re-elected to a second term.[6]

In 1980, Screen won the mayoral position, a combined municipal-parish office in Baton Rouge. He succeeded Democratic incumbent W.W. Dumas of Baker. He was re-elected in 1984.

In 1987, Screen and Mary Olive Pierson, his aide during his first term, were indicted on one count each of malfeasance in the misapplication of road project funds prior to his successful re-election campaign in 1984. Screen and Pierson maintained their innocence.[7] State Attorney General William Guste later dismissed the charges on legal grounds.

Screen did not seek a third term in 1988. He was succeeded by fellow Democrat Tom Ed McHugh.[8]

Personal life

Pat Screen married the former Kathleen Clare McCall (born 1945). They had one daughter and two sons together.[9]

Screen developed dependence on alcohol and, in his second term as mayor, drugs. Screen was found dead from a drug overdose[10] in September 1994 at the age of 51 in a New Orleans hotel.

His friend and colleague, Walter Monsour, said that Screen had slowly succumbed to "inner demons".[5] At Screen's funeral, Monsour described his friend as "the most talented, passionate person I ever knew, who, unfortunately, was conflicted."[5] Screen was survived by his wife, three children, and parents.[11] Screen is interred at Resthaven Gardens of Memories and Mausoleum in Baton Rouge.

His son Tommy Screen was chosen in 2008 as the third director of the Loyola University Institute of Politics in New Orleans.[12] He has been a protégé of Democrats John Breaux, a former US Senator from Louisiana and political activist James Carville.[13] He succeeded Ed Renwick, who had directed the institute for 38 years.


  1. ^ "Elected and Appointed Officials in City-Parish Government" (PDF). brgov.com. Retrieved December 3, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Louisiana State University: 1958–1964 Tigers National Champs". helmethut.com. Retrieved December 2, 2009.
  3. ^ Chet Hilburn, The Mystique of Tiger Stadium: 25 Greatest Games: The Ascension of LSU Football (Bloomington, Indiana: WestBow Press, 2012), p. 42
  4. ^ "Cleveland Browns NFL Draft History". football.about.com. Retrieved December 2, 2009.
  5. ^ a b c "James E. Shelledy, "Walter Monsour, the most powerful man you've never voted for"". batonrouge.com. Archived from the original on August 31, 2009. Retrieved December 2, 2009.
  6. ^ "Pat Screen Joins Jamar Adcock Team", Tensas Gazette, St. Joseph, Louisiana, October 21, 1971, p. 3
  7. ^ "Mayor and Aide Are Indicted in a Baton Rouge Inquiry". The New York Times, May 15, 1987. May 15, 1987. Retrieved December 2, 2009.
  8. ^ "Thomas McHugh". usgwarchives.org. Archived from the original on August 5, 2009. Retrieved December 2, 2009.
  9. ^ People Search and Background Check
  10. ^ Codrescu, Andrei (2006). New Orleans, Mon Amour: Twenty Years of Writings from the City. Algonquin Books. p. 161. ISBN 978-1-56512-505-6. Retrieved July 21, 2010.
  11. ^ "Social Security Death Index". ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Retrieved December 3, 2009.
  12. ^ "Institute of Politics: History", Loyola University
  13. ^ "All grown up". Greater Baton Rouge Business Report. February 1, 2009. Archived from the original on 2018-06-17. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
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Political offices Preceded byW.W. Dumas Mayor-President of East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana James Patrick "Pat" Screen, Jr. 1981–1988 Succeeded byTom Ed McHugh