Richard Jenness Hesse
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Richard Jenness Hesse
  • February 3, 1944 - June 24, 2017
  • Metairie, Louisiana

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Richard Jenness Hesse, M.D. passed away on June 24, 2017 after a brief battle with cancer. Dick was born on February 3, 1944 in New Orleans to his parents Adel and the late Dr. Charles P. Hesse.



Dick graduated from St. Martin’s Episcopal School, The University of North Carolina and Tulane Medical School. After serving in the United States Air Force for 4 years he entered into private practice of ophthalmology in New Orleans and later joined the staff of Ochsner Medical Foundation. He was the chairman of the Ophthalmology Department from 1984 until 2008, and continued as Chairman Emeritus until his death. Dick was a member of numerous professional and social organizations throughout his lifetime and enjoyed the friendships he made through his hobbies and activities.



Dick is survived by his loving wife, Claire Hesse; his mother, Adel Hesse; children, Caitlin Collier (Jim), Shelley Hesse (Stephen Murray) and Richard Hesse (Stephanie); siblings, Kathy Ambrose (Paul), Michael Hesse (Susan Lindsay) and David Hesse (Beth); grandchildren, Hunter, Logan, Cole, Graham, Louisa and Remy.



Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. New Orleans, on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 from 10 am until service time at 12 pm. The interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dr. Hesse’s name for the benefit of the Ophthalmology Department through the Philanthropy fund of Ochsner Medical Foundation.