James Patrick "Pat" Screen, Jr.
East Baton Rouge Parish, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
|Preceded by||W.W. Dumas|
|Succeeded by||Tom Ed McHugh|
|Born||May 13, 1943|
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States
|Died||September 12, 1994 (aged 51)|
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Spouse||Kathleen Clare McCall Screen|
|Children||James Patrick Screen III|
Thomas McCall Screen
Mary Shannon Screen Beacham
East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
|Alma mater||Jesuit 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. He had been a quarterback for Louisiana State University and played in the 1966 Cotton Bowl.
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.
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. 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 In 1965, Screen was drafted in the tenth round by the Cleveland Browns.
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.
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.
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 2005, he was appointed again to the CAO position by newly elected Democratic Mayor Melvin "Kip" Holden.
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. 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.
Pat Screen married the former Kathleen Clare McCall (born 1945). They had one daughter and two sons together.
Screen developed dependence on alcohol and, in his second term as mayor, drugs. Screen was found dead from a drug overdose 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". At Screen's funeral, Monsour described his friend as "the most talented, passionate person I ever knew, who, unfortunately, was conflicted." Screen was survived by his wife, three children, and parents. 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. He has been a protégé of Democrats John Breaux, a former US Senator from Louisiana and political activist James Carville. He succeeded Ed Renwick, who had directed the institute for 38 years.