One of the most visited and photographed places in Metairie Cemetery stands near the rear of the older part of the cemetery. The outstanding Egyptian influences of the Brunswig Mausoleum are very worthy of attention. The pyramid mausoleum has attracted visitors for over a century. A woman and a sphinx figure stand on either side of bronze gates that seal the tomb and they have been photographed a million times. Those figures have become synonymous with the tomb , but what about the man that lends his name to this well known tomb – that man was Lucien Napoleon Brunswig. (1854-1943) Born in Montmedy, France, in the Meuse district, Brunswig emigrated to the United States, where he worked as a druggist in Fort Worth, Texas, in the late 1870s. He moved to New Orleans, where he married Annie Mercer (1857-1892). They had a son, Lucien Mercer Brunswig, and a daughter Annie, after her mother. In 1887 Brunswig founded a pharmaceutical distributing company. Their son died just before his 10th birthday, in April 1892, and Lucien Brunswig’s wife Annie died a month later. Lucien Brunswig moved to Los Angeles in 1903 and became a partner in a local drug company. In 1907 he bought out his partner and created the Brunswig Drug Company with branches in Phoenix, Tucson, and San Diego. After Lucien Brunswig’s death his Brunswig Drug Company was merged in 1969 with the Bergen Drug Company to form Bergen-Brunswig. This in turn merged with the AmeriSource Health Corporation in 2001 to form AmerisourceBergen, a $40 billion a year operation. The interments in the mausoleum besides Lucien include his first wife, Annie Mercer Brunswig, their daughter Annie Brunswig Wellborn (1881-1982) and her husband, and a Henrietta Rosalie Brunswig (1879-1963), presumably a third child and the first born of Lucien and Annie Mercer.


Brunswig vault

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