About the Artist
GERALD DOMINGUE is an American university professor - research scientist of basic medical and clinical sciences, diagnostic medical microbiologist / immunologist / laboratory clinician; and in retirement, a painter-writer-poet. He is a native Louisianan; born in Lafayette, Louisiana on March 2, 1937 to the late Sarah Ann Prejean Domingue (1914-1946) and Edgar Paul Domingue (1913-1967); reared on “l’habitation Domingue”, home of his paternal grandparents (1895-1963), cotton planters in the north side of Lafayette Parish, Louisiana. Although he first developed an interest in painting and writing at the age of nine, he was educated in the medical sciences; pursued a career in university academics, medical research and clinical laboratory microbiology / immunology / infectious diseases for over forty years with thirty years service at Tulane University, School of Medicine and Graduate School, New Orleans, Louisiana (as professor of urology, microbiology and immunology and director of research in urology); presently professor emeritus at Tulane. In the world of medical and microbiological sciences, he is respected internationally as a pioneer of the basic science of atypical bacteria and their role in persistence and expression of disease. After retiring from Tulane in 1997, he began fulltime careers as a painter-writer, dividing his time between New Orleans, Paris and Zurich. Since 2005, he is a fulltime resident of Zurich, Switzerland where he lives, paints and writes. Gerald Domingue is a studio painter in the beautiful Zurichberg section of the city of Zurich, situated 1705 feet above sea level overlooking the city of Zurich, the lake of Zurich and the snow covered Alps. The forest of Zurich is within 500 yards walking distance to the rear of his residence and painting studio. Zurich is definitely his muse for painting and writing. He is an abstract naturalist – expressionist painter, a dreamy abstractionist, sophisticated, intellectual artist who strives for expression of the flow of energy while searching for a balance with harmony and color. He has developed his own unique style which excels in depicting the dynamics of movement as three dimensional illusions, particularly as this motion relates to nature and biological life. His poetic language is rich in the splendor of imagery, the power of metaphor, and fusion of thoughts. His artistic endeavors are fueled by the triplets of the mind—emotion, volition and intellect; focusing on dreams, the mysterious worlds of the subconscious, and the beauty and order of nature. In November, 2010, he became artist-in-residence in the newly opened gallery for contemporary art: Galerie New Orleans am Pfauen, situated at 21 Hottingerstrasse, 8032 Zurich. www.galerieneworleans.ch
Gerald Domingue’s paintings are in private collections in the United States, Canada, Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium, Colombia and Argentina; and in corporate collections in New Orleans, Zurich and Paris. Four of his oil on masonite paintings received a rating of “Excellent” by Artoteque online art competition, London, 2005-2006.
Creative Writing ...
As with painting, his interest in creative writing also started as a young boy. He wrote his first poem "Bird" at age nine while a student at St. Ann Convent School, Carencro, Louisiana. This poem was published in The Sodality in 1947, publication of Mount Carmel Schools, Louisiana. In high school, he was actively involved in writing, serving in 1954 as editor-in-chief of the school's newspaper: The Cub. During that year, he wrote a prize winning short story: "Negligence, Pride, Stubbornness: Tuberculosis Allies" and created a cartoon: "Tuberculosis Challenges You: Are you Prepared to Fight?", both taking second place honors for high school newspapers at local, regional, state and national levels (sponsored by the National Tuberculosis Association and the National Press Club). Also in that year, an original oratory which he delivered: "Give Youth a Break" won the first place, superior award (gold medal) at district (Southwestern Louisiana Institute) and state (Louisiana State University) literary rallies for high school students. In 1955, an original oratory: "What'll you have--Milk or Wine?" won second place (excellent, silver medal) at district and first place awards at state literary rallies. Another original oratory delivered before the Louisiana State Farm Bureau Association: "Community Self Government is My Responsibility" took second place honors in 1955. During his high school senior year, he was editor-in-chief of the high school's yearbook. While an undergraduate university student at Southwestern Louisiana Institute (presently University of Louisiana at Lafayette) in 1957, he wrote a short story: "The Dogged Wrath" receiving honorable mention from a southern association of creative writers. After spending forty years in academe and publishing over 160 medical/scientific publications (refereed journal articles, reviews, book chapters, book, monographs), he resumed his passion for creative writing and painting in retirement, publishing: three historical, genealogical, biographical volumes, 2121 pages in 2006 on the Domingue, Prejean, Castille families, 375 A.D. - 2006 A.D.; his first book of poetry in 2007; a book of photomontages with poetry in 2008; and a book of monotypes in 2009.
He earned the high school diploma with honors in 1955 from Carencro High School, Carencro, Louisiana, receiving the two highest honors at commencement given by the faculty of the school: The American Legion Award and the Citizenship Award. He also received the commercial/business medal award. The American Legion Medal for Courage, Honor, Leadership, Patriotism, Scholarship and Service is the highest honor awarded American youth by The American Legion. He earned an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in pre-medicine and bacteriology with minors in chemistry and French from the College of Liberal Arts at Southwestern Louisiana Institute (presently University of Louisiana at Lafayette, ULL) in three years (1958); degree awarded at 1959 commencement. Concomitant with his undergraduate studies in bacteriology, he held a position as a part-time technician in blood banking and serology in a highly respected and well known blood bank laboratory: Lafayette Charity Hospital, Hermine Tate Blood Bank Center. While a senior student in 1958 at Southwestern Louisiana Institute (presently ULL), he was awarded the first Guaranty Bank Scholarship for graduate studies in the newly opened Graduate School of the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now ULL), and a graduate teaching assistantship as instructor of bacteriology and immunology laboratory courses in the Department of Bacteriology at ULL. He began graduate school in microbiology, advanced qualitative organic chemistry and atomic physics at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (presently, ULL); followed by studies in basic medical sciences at Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana; earned the doctorate (doctor of basic medical sciences) in 1964 from Tulane University Graduate School and School of Medicine, New Orleans (Ph.D., medical microbiology and immunology). He was awarded a full tuition waver at Tulane University and was financially supported by a yearly stipend from an NIH grant for the duration of his four years of graduate studies. In recent years, the former Tulane University Graduate School awarding doctoral degrees in basic medical sciences was reorganized and renamed as the Graduate Program in Basic Medical Sciences in the Tulane University, School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana. His postdoctoral fellowship (funded by a NIH - USPHS grant) was in infectious diseases/medical microbiology research with a residency in clinical microbiology at Children’s Hospital, Laboratory of Bacteriology and the University of Buffalo School of Medicine of the State University of New York at Buffalo; mentored by the late Professor Doctor Erwin Neter, internationally distinguished bacteriologist/immunologist/scholar. He credits the experiences in blood banking and serology as well as his undergraduate education in bacteriology as important early learning experiences, and served as motivating forces to pursue a doctoral education in medical sciences, and a life-time career in university academics, diagnostic/clinical microbiology laboratory medicine, and medical research.
Professional positions and Committees …
Assistant research instructor in pediatrics, The Children’s Hospital and University of Buffalo School of Medicine, Buffalo, New York; director of clinical microbiology, Snodgras Laboratory of Pathology and Bacteriology, St. Louis City Hospital; instructor of medical microbiology, St. Louis University School of Medicine; lecturer in medical microbiology, Washington University, School of Dentistry, St. Louis, Missouri. At St. Louis City Hospital, he was awarded an institutional research grant to continue his research studies on the enterobacterial common antigen previously initiated at Children's Hospital in Buffalo, New York. At the invitation of the President of Tulane University (the late Prof. Hebert Longenecker); the Dean of the School of Medicine (the late Prof. Oscar Creech); and Chairmen of the departments of urology (the late Prof. Jorgen U. Schlegel), and medical microbiology and immunology (the late Prof. Morris F. Shaffer), he returned to Tulane as an assistant professor, rapidly rising to the rank of associate professor, and at age 37 to full professor of urology, microbiology, immunology; presently, professor emeritus, in the clinical and basic medical sciences, Tulane University School of Medicine and Graduate School, New Orleans, Louisiana where he remained for 30 years (1967-1997); 1997-present as Profesor Emeritus. He was the recipient of numerous research grant awards throughout his career from the National Institutes of Health, Veterans Administration, the Schlieder Foundation, the Cadwallader Foundation, the Harp Family Foundation, the Hume Research Fund, Interstitial Cystitis Association, and grants from various pharmaceutical and biological houses, attesting to the value placed on his research protocols by his peers on research granting committees. During his tenure at Tulane, he served on major university committees including: medical school faculty representative to The University Senate, the Committee of 15 Distinguished Professors of University Senate; The President’s Faculty Advisory Committee, Chairman of the Medical School Faculty Grievance Committee, the Personnel and Honors Committee, Chairman of the Committee for the Use of Animals in Research, Secretary of the General Medical Faculty. He served as president of the Southwestern Association of Clinical Microbiology (1986); Member of the Board of Directors of Southwestern Association of Clinical Microbiology (1982-1987); Nominating Committee for Membership—American Academy of Microbiology (1985); Grant Review Committees of National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Veterans Administration, Kaiser Research Foundation, Kidney Foundation of Canada; journal reviewer/referee for major scientific/clinical journal editorial boards; invited expert witness, US Congress, Animal Cancer Research Act, 1980; expert witness, Louisiana Dept. of Health and Hospitals, 1988. Consultant medical microbiologist to: ExOxEmis, Inc. Little Rock, Arkansas (1996); Medical Technology Corporation Somerset, N.J. (1983-1990); consultant and member of technical advisory board, Analytab Products, Inc., New York (1972-1977); research consultant, Veterans Administration Hospital, New Orleans; consultant microbiologist, Southern Baptist Hospital pathology laboratories (1968-1984) and Tulane University hospital laboratories, New Orleans (1978-1983); Committee for Infection control: St. Louis City Hospital, St. Louis, MO; Southern Baptist Hospital, Charity Hospital, and Tulane University Hospital, New Orleans (1971-1992).
Invited Distinguished Lectures (selected) ...
Divisional Lecturer, American Society for Microbiology (1978), Las Vegas, Nevada; Foundation for Microbiology Lecturer, American Society for Microbiology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1980); American Academy of Microbiology Lecture, Las Vegas, Nevada (1994); State-of-the-Art Lecture, Society for Basic Urological Research, San Francisco, California (1994); International Congress for Endocytobiology Lecture, Tubingen, Germany (1995); First Visiting Professor of Urology Lecture, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1996); International Congress of Microbiology, Jerusalem, Israel (1973, funded by a grant from American Society of Microbiology); Keynote Speaker, Peruvian Urological Association National Meeting, Lima, Peru, 1973; Dean’s Distinguished Faculty Forum Lecture, Tulane (1997); International Seminar on L-Forms Lecture, Montpelier, France (1976); USPHS Professional Association Lecture, San Francisco (1977); Visiting Professor and Lecturer, University of Melbourne, Depts of Medicine and Microbiology, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Australia (1978) by invitation of Professor Priscilla Kincaid-Smith; Keynote speaker, University of Montpellier, testimonial lecture honoring Prof. Janine Schitt-Slomska, Montpellier, France; Pleomorphism in Biology and Medicine Lecture, Center for Frontier Sciences, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1993; International Society for Endocytobiology Lecture, Blaubeuren, Germany (1996); Japanese Society for Chemotherapy Lecture and Keio University School of Medicine, Kagoshima and Tokoyo lectures (1996).
Author of numerous scientific-medical publications (over 160): refereed journal articles, monographs, abstracts, book, book chapters, reviews from 1965-1997; since retirement, a lengthy refereed journal article was published in the journal "Discovery Medicine" (hypothesis/perspective paper) on bacterial persistence and expression of disease, September, 2010; a painting catalogue published in 2000: Domingue, An Abstract Expressionist - American Painter, 1997-2000; three volumes (over 2100 pages) in 2006 on the genealogy, biography and history of his paternal and maternal families: Memories of a Grandson: Echoes and Footprints of Pioneer Louisiana Spanish-Isleño – French-Acadian Families: Domingue-Prejean-Castille, 375 A.D.- 2006 A.D., Volumes I, II, III; a book of poetry in 2007: Massaging the Intellect; and a photomontage book in 2008: L’habitation Domingue 1895-1963; a book of monotypes (ink/mixed media on canvas) was published in 2009.
Honors (selected) …
American Legion of Honor medal (1955); Citizenship medal (1955); first recipient of the Guaranty Bank Scholarship for graduate studies, Southwestern Louisiana Institute (1958); Sigma XI (1969); Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology in recognition of distinguished achievement, excellence, originality and creativity in microbiology (1973); Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America for distinguished achievement in microbiology and infectious diseases (1975). Medal of Palmes Académiques – knighted (chevalier, sir) by the country of France, in recognition of exceptional accomplishments in academia, scientific research and for services rendered in the French cultural domain (1995). Biography listed in Marqui's Who’s Who in the World, -in America; -in South and Southwest; -in Medicine and Health Care; - in Science and Engineering; and in American Men and Women of Science.
Community and Family …
Gerald Domingue lived in New Orleans for forty-four years where he was active in the community as a patron of the arts and a member of various community organizations. He served as the first president of France-Louisiane de la Nouvelle Orléans; was appointed three times by Louisiana governors to the 50 member Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL)—Executive Committee and chairman, membership committee; member of the French-American Business Association; Chairman of the Board of Governors of Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré (oldest community theater in America); also served as secretary and vice-president of the theater Board; former member of the Metropolitan Area Committee; the Bureau of Governmental Research; Alliance for Good Government; member, Greater New Orleans French Board; member, Louisiana Committee on the French Revolution—Chairman, Scholar’s Committee; official representative from Louisiana (CODOFIL, Louisiana Committee on French Revolution and France-Louisiane de la Nouvelle Orléans) to the French Bicentennial Celebration in Paris on July 14, 1989, by invitation of President Francois Mitterand; one of 45 American francophones invited by French government to address “Les Assises de la Francophonie Américaine”, French Senate, Paris, France, December, 1990. His ascending roots are essentially French (France) and Spanish (Canary Islands, Spain) with threads extending to l'Acadie, presently Nova Scotia, Great Britain, Switzerland and Germany.
Gerald Domingue is a seventh generation descendant of pioneer Louisiana Spanish-Isleño – French-Acadian families: Domingue, Prejean, Castille of the colonial territory of Louisiana in the 1700s, prior to the "Louisiana Purchase" from France by the United States of America. The "Louisiana Purchase" of the colonial territory of Louisiana formed 14 states of the present day United States and small portions of land from the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. It was a substantial purchase by the USA as the land comprises approximately one-fourth of the current land area of the USA.
His paternal grandmother’s ancestry (Prejean-Begnaud) ascends to various royal houses of Europe and on to Charlemagne and beyond—375 A.D., while that of his maternal grandmother (Castille-Cahanin) can be traced to Verena Hirzel (his 8th great-grandmother) of the prominent Hirzel family of Zurich, Switzerland, dating back to Nikolaus Hirzel, 1404; eight Hirzels have served as burgermeister (mayor) of Zurich over the centuries.
Gerald Domingue was married to Marie Hazel Dugas (1958-1979), and they are the parents of three daughters (Andrea, Yvonne, Michelle) and two sons (Gerald J., Jr. and Marcel Gerard); they have four grandsons, Gerald J. Domingue, III, Zachary T. Domingue, Joshua A. Schulman, Mirko N. Bezmalinovic; two granddaughters, Nicole M. Broha Murphy, and Lelia M. Domingue; one great-granddaughter, Madelyn Teagan Murphy; and one great-grandson, William Harrington Murphy, III. He was married to Kathryn Hendon Colbert, juris doctor, (1981-1986).
He served in the United States Army, Louisiana National Guard Medical Company of the 156th Infantry Division, and in a Special Control Group of the United States Army Reserves, (1955-1963).
By the Staff of Jif-Arts, Zurich, Switzerland