Dr. Rachal started working with Dr. Walter Cockerham in 1978 in the first retina practice in the Gulf South Region. Together they built a prominent retinal and vitreous practice in New Orleans and then expanded to Metairie. His patients were treated to his humor and his stories as well as excellent eye care. He was a superb surgeon and caring physician to thousands of patients in the community. He was a wonderful mentor and colleague to many physicians in the Gulf South area. His office staff benefitted from his leadership and guidance. His presence here will be missed by all who were treated by him professionally and those who had the privilege of working with him.