William F. Staats II, Former LSU Professor, Passes Away

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William F. Staats II

November 25, 2019

BATON ROUGE – William F. (Willie) Staats II, former Hermann Moyse Jr., Distinguished professor and Louisiana Bankers Association Chair of Banking, died peacefully in Baton Rouge Nov. 15, 2019. He was a faculty member for 30 years.

Staats received his doctorate from the University of Texas and enjoyed many years in the banking and finance world. After receiving his PhD, he taught briefly at Rice University, then was called to become vice president and corporate secretary of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, the youngest ever at the time to have such a position.

Staats served as director of the Bankers School for Supervisory Training. He was a member of the faculty at the Graduate School of Banking at LSU, the LSU Executive Program, and served on the faculty of several state banking schools as well as the American Bankers Association Graduate School of Compliance Management. He was also a director of the Farm Credit Bank of Texas. Also, he was co-founder and chairman of the board of SevenOaks Capital Associates LLC and founder of two banks, the New Braunfels National Bank in New Braunfels, Texas, and Lakeside Bank in Lake Charles, LA. He also was named to the board of the nation's first bridge bank by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and served on the Board of Regents of Texas Lutheran University for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Esther; his children, Stephen and Kristine; his son-in-law, Allen Brzozowski; his grandchildren, Audrey and Darren Staats and Kaylen and Ryan Brzozowski; his brother-in-law, Paul Collinson-Streng; as well as many beloved cousins, nephews and nieces.

Visitation was held at St. Paul Lutheran Church Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral services at 11 a.m. He was buried in Sunset Memorial Park in San Antonio, Texas. Staat’s full obituary is available online.


Elizabeth Eaton
E. J. Ourso College of Business