Dr. John James Donasier
In previous posts, we have featured some of the insurance companies which emerged out of the community of color in New Orleans. All of these companies had a physician on their executive staffs who served as the company’s Medical Director. The Medical Director of the Saint John Berchmans Insurance Company was Dr. John James Donasier. Dr. Donasier also enjoyed a successful private practice within downtown New Orleans.
Donasier was born on December 21, 1892 in New Orleans to John Donasier and Theresa Roumadez. His parents were married on April 29, 1886, a union which produced four children – Olivia, Mary Clothilde, John James, and Paul. The elder John worked as a carpenter
John attended the public schools of the city before entering Concordia College in Illinois, from which he graduated in 1911. Having decided upon the medical profession, he entered the Bennett Medical College of Saint Ignatius College in Chicago. He graduated with the Class of 1915
On June 6, 1917, in a celebrated wedding which was held in Saint Joseph’s Church on Tulane Avenue, a young Dr. Donasier was married to Miss Yula Theresa Hardin, the daughter of Dr. Joseph A. Hardin and Louise Monette.
Dr. Donasier enjoyed a long career, serving as a consultant for many years in the Department of Urology at Flint-Goodridge Hospital. He was active in civic causes including the promotion of War Bond sales and soliciting donations to the Colored Doll and Toy Fund.
Source: EmDee ’16 (Yearbook), Bennett Medical College, Saint Ignatius College.