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Billy Cannon  |  

2010

Baton Rouge native and All-American halfback at LSU in 1958 and 1959, Billy Cannon led the Tigers to their first national championship

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  • Billy Cannon

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  • Baton Rouge native and All-American halfback at LSU in 1958 and 1959, Billy Cannon led the Tigers to their first national championship. He won the Heisman Trophy as a senior and remains LSU's only Heisman winner. Indeed, he received virtually every honor that could be bestowed on an individual, including All-America accolades in 1958 and 1959 and UPI Player of the Year in 1958 and 1959.

    Cannon's 89-yard punt return on Halloween night 1959 against Ole Miss is ranked as one of the most dramatic plays in college football history. A three-year letter winner for the Tigers (1957-59), he was also a two-time first-team All-SEC selection (1958-59 and a two-year letter winner in track and field at LSU, excelling as both the 100-yard dash and the shot put. Billy Cannon enjoyed a superb nine-year career in the American Football League – with the Houston Oilers and the Oakland Raiders and ended his pro-football career in 1970 with the National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs. He was named to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008. After retiring from professional football, he earned his D.D.S. at the University of Tennessee and a master's at Loyola University in Chicago and today is dental director at Angola State Penitentiary Dr. Cannon and his wife, Dorothy, reside in St. Francisville. They have four children, Terri, Gina, Billy Jr., and Bunnie.

Collis Temple  |  

2010

Collis B. Temple, Jr., graduated from LSU with bachelor's and master's degrees in education in 1974 and 1979, respectively.

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  • Collis B. Temple, Jr., graduated from LSU with bachelor's and master's degrees in education in 1974 and 1979, respectively. A three-year letterman on the Tiger Basketball team, he earned All-SEC and Academic All-SEC honors and was the University's first African-American basketball player. From 1974-76 he played professional basketball with the San Antonio spurs and the Seattle Supersonics. A native of Kentwood, La., Temple is the owner and executive director of Harmony Center, Inc., a system of residential health and mental health facilities serving foster children, the developmentally disabled, and adjudicated youth and adults. Temple has served on the board of directors of the LSU Alumni Association, Tiger Athletic Foundation, National L Club, and LSU Junior Division Advisory Board. He was one of fifteen basketball players voted by fans to the All-Century Team and named National Club Member of the Year. He has coached and mentored some of LSU's top athletes, including Glen Davis of the Boston Celtics, Tyrus Thomas of the Chicago Bulls, and Early Doucet of the Arizona Cardinals. He served as chairman of the Baton Rouge Park and Recreation Commission when it received the prestigious National Gold Medal Award for Excellence and serves on the boards of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, Greater Baton Rouge Port Commission, Baton Rouge Sports Foundation, East Baton Rouge Parish Planning and Zoning Commission, and was a founding board member of the Big Buddy Program and BREC Sports Academy, formerly known as the Baton Rouge Sports Academy. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Mount Zion First Baptist Church. Temple is married to Baton Rouge City Court Judge Kelli Temple and the father of three sons, Collis III, Elliott, and Garrett, and a daughter, Colleen.

Eugene St. Martin  |  

2010

Dr. Eugene St. Martin earned a bachelor's degree in zoology from LSU in 1940 and an M.D. from Tulane University Medical School in 1944.

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  • Eugene St. Martin

  • Dr. Eugene St. Martin earned a bachelor's degree in zoology from LSU in 1940 and an M.D. from Tulane University Medical School in 1944. He completed a urology resident program in 1946 and a preceptorship in urology in 1950. A founding physician of the LSU Shreveport Medical School, a founding member of the LSU Health Sciences Foundation of Shreveport, and past president of Shumpert Medical Center, Dr. St. Martin has retired from his position as clinical professor in urology and family practice. A Diplomat of the American Board of Urology and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, he is founder of the Ark-La-Tex Urological Society, founder and past president of the Louisiana State Urological Society, and past president of the Louisiana State Medical Society, Shreveport Medical Society, Society of Pediatric Urology, and Southeastern Section of American Urological Association. Dr. St. Martin was an early member of the LSU Foundation, a past president and generous supporter of the LSU Alumni Association, and is a benefactor of the College of Basic Sciences. He was named to the college's Hall of Distinction in 2008 and received the prestigious American Urological Association Gold Crane Award in 2007. Dr. St. Martin and his wife, the late Peggy Dean, had three children, Eugene Jr., Charlean Dickson, and Celeste Wedgeworth. He lists his hobbies as golf, hunting, travel, cooking – and eating!

Hillar Moore  |  

2010

East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from LSU in 1977.

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Jeffrey Kleinpeter  |  

2010

Jeffrey Kleinpeter, president of Kleinpeter Farms Dairy, earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from LSU in 1984 and set out on a career in the construction industry before joining the family business in 1987.

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Linda - Greenfield Thomas  |  

2010

Since graduating from LSU in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in political science, Linda Thomas-Greenfield has lived in seven countries on three continents and is presently serving as U.S. Ambassador to Liberia.

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Marty Sixkiller  |  

2010

Young Alumnus of the Year -- Marty Sixkiller, media tools supervisor at DreamWorks Animation, graduated from LSU in 1992 with a bachelor of fine arts in graphic design.

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Mike Strain  |  

2010

Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain attended undergraduate school at LSU and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in 1983.

  • Mike Strain

Ronald Richard  |  

2010

Major General Ron Richard, a decorated U.S. Marine Corps retiree, is chief executive officer of the Tiger Athletic Foundation, a private corporation dedicated to supporting LSU and its athletic programs.

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Victor Trahan  |  

2010

Trey Trahan, president of Trahan Architects, one of the fastest growing sports architecture firms in America, graduated from LSU in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in architecture.

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Art E. Favre  |  

2011

Art E. Favre, owner and president of Baton Rouge-based Performance Contractors, Inc., a $660 million general industrial services company, graduated from LSU in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in construction.

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Gerald S. George  |  

2011

Dr. Gerald S. 'Jerry' George, professor emeritus of kinesiology at University of Louisiana-Lafayette, earned his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees at LSU in 1966 and 1970, respectively,and received his master’s degree from Springfield College in Massachusetts.

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Graham Breedlove  |  

2011

Young Alumnus of the Year -- Graham Breedlove, a trumpet soloist with the Army Blues jazz ensemble. part of the U.S. Army Band, 'Perishing's Own,' in Washington D.C., earned a bachelor's degree in music from LSU in1993.

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Jeffrey Carbo  |  

2011

Jeffrey 'Jeff' Carbo, founder and principal of Jeffrey Carbo Landscape Architects, earned a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from LSU in 1985.

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Robert McGhee Wallace  |  

2011

Robert McGehee 'Mac' Wallace is a trustee and officer of the Clayton Foundation for Research and its supporting groups, which are engaged in medical research at eleven institutions in the United States and Switzerland.

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W. Henson Moore  |  

2011

Alumnus of the Year -- W. Henson Moore, Louisiana statesman, distinguished public servant, and major LSU supporter, holds three degrees from the University.

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Dr. Julian E. Bailes  |  

2011

A recognized leader in the field of neurosurgery, Dr. Julian E. Bailes is professor and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at West Virginia University School of Medicine.

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Bradie James  |  

2012

Young Alumnus of the Year -- Bradie James has been an influential game changer for most of his life – academically, in sports, and in business. He grew up in Monroe, La., where he was an All-State linebacker for the West Monroe Rebels and attended LSU where he made his mark as a member of the football team and earned his degree in criminology.

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Claude O. West  |  

2012

Claude West, of Minden, La., graduated from LSU in 1949 with a bachelor's degree in business administration and immediately began working with West Brothers Department Stores.

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David B. Means III  |  

2012

David Means, of Gloster, La., graduated from LSU in 1972 with a degree in agriculture and earned a J.D. degree from the Hebert Law Center in 1974.

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Donald Wedge  |  

2012

Donald Welge, of Chester, Ill., has served as president and CEO of Gilster-Mary Lee Corporation since 1965.

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James P. Richards, Jr.  |  

2012

James Richards, national award-winning designer, writer, and educator, graduated from LSU in 1978 with a degree in landscape architecture.

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John Sibley Butler  |  

2012

Alumnus of the Year -- A distinguished scholar, lecturer, author, international business consultant, and presidential adviser, John Sibley Butler is professor of management and sociology at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Joseph D. Fail  |  

2012

Joseph 'Jody' Fail, a 1961 electrical engineering graduate, is president and chairman of the board of the family owned Telephone Electronics Corporation, or TEC, a holding company for numerous telecommunications subsidiaries in the southeast United States.

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Kurt Culbertson  |  

2012

Kurt Culbertson is chairman of Design Workshop, a landscape architecture and urban design firm based in Aspen, Colorado

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Karlynn Peltz O'Shaughnessy  |  

2013

Brigadier General Karlynn O’Shaughnessy, former commanding general, 2d Brigade, 75th Division, Fort Dix, N.J., earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from LSU in 1979 and was commissioned as a Regular Army 2nd Lieutenant through LSU Army ROTC.

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Keith Comeaux  |  

2013

Keith Comeaux, flight director for Curiosity’s August 2012 entry, descent, and landing on Mars, graduated from LSU in 1989 with bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and physics.

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Kevin Mawae  |  

2013

Kevin Mawae, 1993 LSU general studies graduate, is a former LSU and National Football League standout.

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Kevin R. Ward, M.D.  |  

2013

Dr. Kevin Ward is currently professor of emergency medicine and director of the Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care at the University of Michigan Medical School.

  • Kevin R. Ward, M.D.

Larry Jones  |  

2013

Alumnus of the Year -- Larry Jones, chief fundraiser for the LSU Alumni Association, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from LSU in 1956 and 1961, respectively. He was commissioned through LSU Air Force ROTC, served his country three years on active duty, and was discharged at the rank of captain.

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Michael Papajohn  |  

2013

Michael Papajohn, a 1988 general studies graduate, first made a name for himself as the starting centerfielder for the Tigers baseball team when they made their inaugural trip to the College World Series in 1986.

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Michael Tipton  |  

2013

Young Alumnus of the Year -- Michael Tipton, executive director of Teach For America-South Louisiana, graduated from LSU in 2005 with degrees in political science and history and earned a master’s degree from Pace University in 2007.

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Ronald B. Marks, D.D.S.  |  

2013

Dr. Ronald Marks graduated from LSU in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, received his dental training at Loyola University, and finished his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency in 1973 at Charity Hospital in New Orleans

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Adrian Vaughn Mitchell  |  

2014

Young Alumnus of the Year -- Adrian Mitchell earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from LSU in 1996 and received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 2000.

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Bobby V. Page  |  

2014

Bobby V. Page graduated from LSU in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in history and was commissioned through LSU Air Force ROTC.

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Charles E. Kaufman, M.D.  |  

2014

Charles Kaufman graduated from LSU in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and earned his M.D. from the LSU Medical Center in 1975.

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Doyle Zane Williams  |  

2014

Doyle Z. Williams earned master’s and doctoral degrees in accounting from LSU in 1962 and 1965, respectively, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from Northwestern State University of Louisiana in 1960.

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Jay Dardenne  |  

2014

Jay Dardenne graduated from LSU in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and earned a J.D. from the LSU Law Center in 1979.

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John P. Havens  |  

2014

John Havens, who earned a bachelor’s degree in geology from LSU in 1978, has a passion for growing businesses.

  • John P. Havens

Patricia Curtis Hewlett Bodin  |  

2014

Alumna of the Year -- Pat Bodin graduated from LSU in 1972 with a degree in mathematics and did graduate work in finance and accounting at the University of Houston.

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Peggy B. Scott  |  

2014

Peggy Scott graduated from LSU magna cum laude in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and earned an Executive M.B.A. from Tulane University in 1992.

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David Moore Suarez  |  

2015

David Moore Suarez, president and chief executive officer of The Atlantic Company of America, Inc., in Washington, D.C., graduated from LSU in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in architecture.

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Herb Vincent  |  

2015

Herb Vincent, associate commissioner for communications for the Southeastern Conference, graduated from LSU with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1983.

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J. Patrick Mulhearn  |  

2015

J. Patrick Mulhearn, executive director of Celtic Studios in Baton Rouge, earned two degrees from LSU, a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1997 and a master’s degree in liberal arts in 2000.

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J. Tinsley Oden  |  

2015

J. Tinsley Oden, associate vice president for research at the University of Texas at Austin, earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from LSU in 1959.

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Lolo Jones  |  

2015

Young Alumna of the Year -- Lolo Jones, an American track-and-field and bobsled athlete, graduated from LSU in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in economics.

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Newton B. Thomas  |  

2015

Alumnus of the Year -- Newton B. Thomas graduated from University Lab School in 1962 and earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from LSU in 1967.

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Bernette Johnson  |  

2016

Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson, one of the first African-American women to attend law school at LSU, received a juris doctorate degree from the Paul M. Hebert Law center in 1969.

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Frank Simoneaux  |  

2016

Frank P. Simoneaux, lawyer, legislator, military officer, and public servant, graduated from LSU in 1956 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and earned a juris doctorate from LSU Law School in 1961.

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Mario Garner  |  

2016

Young Alumnus of the Year -- Mario Julien Garner is the inaugural senior vice president and chief executive officer at Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital in Pearland, Texas.

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Roger Jenkins  |  

2016

Alumnus of the Year -- Roger W. Jenkins, president and chief executive officer of Murphy Oil Corporation, graduated from LSU in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering.

  • Roger Jenkins

Sidney Fuchs  |  

2016

Sidney E. Fuchs, president and chief executive officer of MacAulay-Brown, Inc. (MacB), a leading national security engineering company, earned bachelor’s (1984) and master’s (1987) degrees in mechanical engineering from LSU.

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Brandon P. Landry  |  

2017

Young Alumnus of the Year -- Brandon P. Landry, founder, co-owner, and CEO of Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar, earned a bachelor’s degree in management in 2001.

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Dr. Charles M. Smith  |  

2017

Dr. Charles Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from LSU in 1951 and a medical degree from LSU Medical School New Orleans in 1955.

  • Dr. Charles M. Smith

Jake L. Netterville  |  

2017

Jake L. Netterville, Chairman of the Board Emeritus of Postlethwaite & Netterville, earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from LSU in 1960.

  • Jake L. Netterville

Major General Glenn H. Curtis  |  

2017

Alumnus of the Year - Glenn H. Curtis, Adjutant General of the Louisiana National Guard, graduated from LSU in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business and holds a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.

  • Major General Glenn H. Curtis

Senator Mary Landrieu  |  

2017

Mary Landrieu, a Senior Policy Advisor with the Van Ness Feldman Law Firm in Washington, D.C., and a former United States Senator, earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from LSU in 1977.

  • Senator Mary Landrieu

William Shelby McKenzie  |  

2017

William Shelby McKenzie, former managing partner and 'of counsel' with Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips in Baton Rouge, graduated from University High School in 1957 and earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University before graduating from LSU Law School in 1964.

  • William Shelby McKenzie


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