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Raymond Blanco, former Louisiana first gentleman, dies at 87

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Raymond Blanco, a former coach, longtime academic administrator at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and husband to the state’s first female governor, has died. He was 87. Blanco worked at the university for 46 years in various roles including as assistant football coach, dean of students and vice president for student affairs. He retired in 2009.

In 2004 he became Louisiana's first first gentleman when his wife, Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, began her four-year term as governor. Blanco died Saturday at his home in Lafayette, The Advocate reports. His wife died in 2019.