Mr. Reggie dated the romance between his daughter and the senator to a 40th anniversary dinner party for Mr. Reggie and his wife, the former Doris Boustany, to whom Mr. Reggie had been married for 62 years when he died.
Senator Kennedy visited Louisiana to tell the Reggies he planned to marry their daughter.
“We knew Vicki and Ted were dating,” Mr. Reggie told the Globe in 1992, “and that it was serious, so we weren’t surprised a few weeks ago when the senator called from McLean, Va., and Vicki was with him, and he said, you know, I love Vicki very much and I’ve asked her to marry me, and I want to ask you and Doris and – you know, Ted did it the proper way, and it was so nice.”
In addition to his wife, Doris, and daughter Victoria, Mr. Reggie leaves four sons, Ed Michael Reggie, Denis Reggie, Gregory Reggie, and Raymond Reggie; another daughter, Alicia Reggie Freysinger; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Plans for a memorial service were not immediately available.
The last survivor of the four children born to Fred Reggie and Victoria Andraous Reggie, Mr. Reggie’s late siblings were Emile A. Reggie, Samuel J. Reggie, and Yvonne Reggie LaHood.
Mr. Reggie graduated from what was then called Southwestern Louisiana Institute and received a law degree from Tulane University before setting up a practice in Crowley, La.
His family said he was once named the state’s Most Distinguished Young Democrat, and Mr. Reggie was never shy about his devotion to his political party.
“When it’s time for everybody to go swimming,” Mr. Reggie told the Globe in 1992, “I always yell, ‘Last one in the pool’s a Republican,’ and that gets everybody moving.”
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