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January 2009 Volume 27, No. 2

For the Many Gifts We Receive...


Greg Brandao ’73 Inducted into

Hall of Fame, page 4

Annual Taste Fair Draws over

700 guests, page 6

Brother Francis David, SC To Speak

at Alumni Prayer Breakfast, page 7

Former Wrestlers Gather

for Reunion, page 8

We Say, Thank You.

Endowment Honors Marta McCarron,

page 11

PAGE Participation Reaches

66 percent, page 13

Cross Country Captures State Title,

page 14

CHS - Serving the Baton Rouge Area Since 1894



Melvin Didier ’44

of the Texas Rangers

Baseball Club was the

recipient of a Scout

of the Year award for

2008 from The Professional

Baseball Scouts Foundation.

David Harris

’64 won the gold

| Melvin Didier ‘44

medal in bowling

and golf at the

2008 Louisiana Senior Olympics state games.

Richard Harris ’71 won the

gold medal in the 100-meter

breaststroke and the bronze in the

50-meter breaststroke at the 2008

Louisiana Senior Olympics state games.

Randy Fernandez ’76 was

promoted to the position of

National Practice Leader –

Internal Audit with Adams Harris,

Inc. in Chicago, Ill. Fernandez

joined Adams Harris in 2006

as practice director for the

Houston location, where he

has been responsible for the

internal audit and accounting

and finance practices.


Dr. James “Jim” LaCour ’84 was appointed

to The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

as the first State Wildlife Veterinarian.

Bobby Soileau ’84 serves as a board

member of the Multiple Sclerosis Association of

America. He participates annually in the MSAA’s

Northwest Regional office’s

charity snowmobile ride, known

as TransMontana, which takes

snowmobilers across the

state of Montana in an effort

to raise funds for MSAA.

Mike Achacoso ’85 is the

refinery manager of Sinclair

Casper Refining


Sinclair Oil

| Mike Achacoso ‘85

Corporation. He

resides with his family in Casper, Wyo.

| Mark Emonet ‘87

Trey Ourso ’88

was recognized

as one of the 2008 Top Forty

Under 40 by The

Baton Rouge

Business Report.

| Jerry Von Gruben



Mark Emonet ’87 was recognized

as one of the 2008 Top Forty Under 40

by The Baton Rouge Business Report.

Jerry Von

Gruben ’90

is an attorney


for the city

of Naples, Fla.


| Randy Fernandez


| Trey Ourso ‘88


Jason Cazes ’93 completed Marine Corps

Boot Camp in Parris Island, S.C. and is

stationed in Pensacola, Fla. where he will

begin his schooling in aviation mechanics.

Warrick Dunn ’93 released a

new book entitled Running

For My Life, co-written

by Dunn and Don Yaeger.

Matt Cohn ’96 was

recognized as one of the 2008

Top Forty Under 40 by The

Baton Rouge Business Report.

| Matt Cohn ‘96

Terry Gray ’96 is

a high school social studies and Advanced

Placement History teacher in Washington,

D.C. and is pursuing his master’s in guidance

and counseling at Bowie State University.

Mike Nicaud ’96 resides in Metairie, La. where he is

practicing law with Galloway, Johnson, Tomkins, Burr

and Smith in New Orleans.

Joshua Kopel ’97 is

the managing partner of

Localgod Enterprises, which

includes Localgod Clothing,

Defiance Media, and Saving

Grace Entertainment. In

2005, Kopel was rated as a

“Steamiest Southern Start”

| Joshua Kopel ‘97

Don’t Miss Out on Catholic High’s

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by E! Entertainment Television and his clothing

line received the title of “The Vanguard” by LA

Confidential magazine.

Capt. Dan Burton ’98, U.S.

Army, deployed in Tikrit, Iraq, was

awarded the Bronze Star and

Air Medal for his outstanding

service during his command of

Alpha Company, Task Force 3-1

Air Assault, 1st Infantry Division

Combat Aviation Brigade. He

is stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas.


Gathered at the 2008

Taste Fair were Golf

Classic Chairs (from left)

Craig Broome ’93, Steve

Maher ’94, Scott Ritter ’93

and Edward Sutton ’93.

| Capt. Dan Burton ‘98

Josh Decuir ’98 received his

Juris Doctor and Bachelor of

Civil Law degrees, summa cum

laude from LSU Law Center.

Josh served as editor-in-chief

of the Louisiana Law Review

and was inducted into the

Order of the Coif. He is a

member of the American Bar

| Josh Decuir ‘98 Association and an attorney

with Fishman, Haygood, Phelps,

Walmsley, Willis & Swanson L.L.P. in New Orleans.

Chris Billings ’99 received his Juris Doctor and

Bachelor of Civil Law degrees from LSU’s Paul M.


Bear Facts II is published quarterly by

the Office of Public Relations.

Jan R. Breen, editor

Jennifer J. Knight, assistant editor


Margie Alexander

Angie Allen

David Butler ’77

Barbara Camp

Hal Dupuy ’73

Joni Owens

Glen Randow

Debbie Thomas

We welcome the submission of material for

possible publication. Mailing address:

855 Hearthstone Drive

Baton Rouge, LA 70806




| Chris Billings ’99


Paul Gros ’00

was ordained to

the transitional

diaconate by Bishop

Robert Muench

on June 21, 2008. He served

a diaconate internship at St.

Jean Vianney Church in Baton

Rouge. In October, he returned

to Notre Dame Seminary.

Paul will be ordained to the

priesthood in May 2009.

Hebert Law Center. He is

employed with Breazeale,

Sachse & Wilson in Baton Rouge.

Mark Nicaud ’99 graduated

from LSU Health Science

Center School of Medicine,

Shreveport, La. Mark is doing

his internal medicine residency

at the University of Florida,

Shands, in Gainesville, Fla.

Kelly Patrick ’00 received his law degree and was

admitted to the Louisiana State Bar in October 2008.

Jonathan Booth ’01 was recognized

as one of the 2008 Top Forty under 40 by

The Baton Rouge Business Report.

| Paul Gros ’00

Michael Von Gruben ’02 is vice president

of the junior class of the LSU Health Science

Center School of Dentistry in New Orleans.

Hunter Territo ’03 was named one of the New

Talents for fall 2008 in the art & design magazine

Creative Quarterly. A poster series by Hunter was

also featured in the magazine.

Karl Boehringer ’04

graduated from Stanford

University earning a degree in

product design while competing

for the Cardinal swim team and

achieving PAC-10 All-Academic

Honors during three of his

four years of competition.

Andrew Cedotal ’04

graduated from Yale University

with a B.A. in history. He is

employed by Abrams Research

and lives in New York City, N.Y.

Steven Gremillion ’04

received a Bachelor of

Science from the University

of Louisiana at Lafayette,

College of the Arts. He was

an Honors Program Scholar.

Steven is pursuing a Master of Architecture

at ULL and is working as a graduate assistant

in their community design workshop.

Endowed Scholarship Program Makes

a Difference in the Lives of Students

By Jan Breen

The Catholic High School Endowed

Scholarship Program not only provides

financial assistance to students while

attending CHS, but also gives students the

opportunity for success in the future. Such

is the story of Joe Mosby ’03, a recipient of

the Joseph W. Starring Jr. ’48 and Children

Endowed Scholarship.

Joe Mosby attended CHS from 1999

to 2003 with assistance from the Starring

Endowed Scholarship. While at Catholic

High, he served as one of the editors of

the Bearly Published newspaper, was on the

Student Council, a member of the Honor

Board and played varsity football. He was

named a CHS Man of the Year for the Class

of 2003.

Joe attended LSU and graduated

summa cum laude with a degree in finance.

He is now working in Atlanta for Ernst and


Joe attributes his opportunities to

many people.

“There is no way that I am in the

position I am in today without the help

of people like Mr. Joe Starring and his

children and my family (especially my

grandparents), friends and the faculty of

| Andrew Cedotal ‘04

| Karl Boehringer ’04

APPRECIATION. Joe Mosby (right) gives Joe Starring

(left) an update on his new career after graduating


Catholic High,” commented Joe.

Mosby met Mr. Starring recently for

lunch and thanked Starring for his help

during his years at CHS. Mr. Starring

received updates about Mosby’s progress

through correspondence from Joe Mosby’s

grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank


The Catholic High School Endowed

Scholarship Program continues to make a

difference in the lives of CHS students, and

is a legacy to the charism of the Brothers of

the Sacred Heart.

Vince Panepinto ’04 earned a Bachelor of Science

Degree in Plant & Soil Systems Management/

Turf Grass Management from LSU in May 2008.

He then graduated from the

United States Marine Corps

Officer Candidate School in

December 2008 where he

received a commission as a

2nd Lieutenant. He will be

assigned to the Marine Corps

Basic Infantry School.

Michael Billings ’06

completed his second year

at Louisiana State University

| Michael Billings ‘06

at Eunice where he was a member of the 2008

Bengal Baseball team. The Bengals traveled to

Millington, Tenn. where they won the National

Junior College World Series.

| Mark Moehle ’06

Mark Moehle ’06, a

neuroscience major at

Centenary College of Louisiana,

presented his project on

Elucidating Mechanisms of


Aggression at the Society for

Neuroscience’s 38th Annual

Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Bradley Sanchez ’06 played the lead, Troy

Bolton, in the Swine Palace production of “High

School Musical” at Louisiana State University.

29th Annual Mothers’

Club Auction

“Bears Around the World”

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and

friendly bidding. Silent Auction,

Live Auction,

Champagne Raffle:

Diamond Cross Pendant donated by

Boudreaux’s Fine Jewelers,

Ernst Y oung

Car Raffle: 2009 Honda Accord

provided by Richards Honda.

For information on tickets or

donating to the Auction, please

contact Lydia Lafleur (225) 938-7949

(lafleurl@bellsouth.net) or Karen

LeBouef (225) 756-2009 (kLebouef@

brgov.com), Auction Co-Chairs.

Tickets will be available online in

March. See Connections and the March

Bear Facts II for Auction details/

updates including: Online auction

reservations, C-Market online auction

and announcement of

local celebrity emcee.



Dr. Greg Brandao ’73 Inducted into CHS Hall of Fame

By Jan R. Breen

Dr. Greg Brandao ’73

was inducted into the Catholic

High School Hall of Fame on

December 4, 2008.

A 1973 graduate of CHS,

Brandao holds a B.S. degree

from LSU, a M.Ed. from the

University of New Orleans

and an Ed.D. degree from the

University of San Francisco.

Brandao served as teacher

and administrator at Brother

Martin High School in New

Orleans before returning home

to CHS to serve as academic

assistant principal in 1987. In

1993, he was appointed the

first lay principal of Catholic

High and served in this position

until 2004. During his tenure

as principal, CHS attained the

remarkable distinction of being

nationally recognized three

of the four times (1989, 1993,

1998 and 2003) as a School of


Later, Brandao remained

actively involved at CHS by

serving from 2005 to 2007

as Catholic High Director

of Development. Today he

serves as a member of the

CHS Foundation Board of

Directors, the main organizer

and presenter of the Catholic

High ACT preparation program

and as a member of the radio

broadcast team for the CHS

football games.

“CHS Hall of Fame

HALL OF FAME. Dr. Greg Brandao ‘73 (center) was inducted into the Catholic

High School Hall of Fame and is congratulated by CHS President Gene Tullier (left)

and CHS Principal Brother Barry Landry, SC (right).

inductees are men and women

who personify qualities we

want our students to emulate.

Without a doubt, we want our

students to become men like

Greg, formed in the values of

faith, self-sacrifice, discipline,

generosity and compassion so

that they can bring peace to our

world. That is the fulfillment

of our CHS mission and that is

why we inducted Greg into the

CHS Hall of Fame,” commented

CHS President Gene Tullier.

Currently, Brandao is a

consultant and executive trainer

with Education, Research and

Information Services, Inc.

Brandao was the husband

of the late Susan Sills Brandao.

They are the parents of Allison

Brandao and Erin Brandao


Prior to the Hall of Fame

presentation, Catholic High

Director of Development Hal

Dupuy ’73 honored Perpetual

Founders Mr. and Mrs. Randall

J. Ellis Sr. ’65, Mr. Rick Lea Jr.

’77 and Mr. and Mrs. V. Price

LeBlanc Sr. Perpetual Founders

have generously donated

$100,000 or more to Catholic

High School during their


Dupuy also recognized

the National Honor Society, the

Alumni Association, 2007-2008

Mothers’ Club President Cary

Kearny, and 2007-2008 Men’s

Club President Wayne Dugas

for their contributions to CHS.

PAGE Chaircouple Gwen and

Matt Cotton were honored for

their leadership with the Parents

Annual Giving Program.

(Photos by Michael’s Photography)

(Top) LEBLANC FAMILY. Price and Shirley LeBlanc were named Perpetual

Founders. Gathered were family members (back) Clifton LeBlanc ’76, Nancy

Bondy, Brent LeBlanc ’85, and Shirley LeBlanc. Price LeBlanc is holding the

Perpetual Founders medal and plaque.

(Bottom) PRESENTATION. CHS President Gene Tullier (center) presents the

Perpetual Founders medal to (l to r) Elaine and Randy Ellis ’65.

(Left) PERPETUAL FOUNDER. Rick Lea ’77 (top, center) was named a

Perpetual Founder. Joining him at the banquet were family members (top, left)

dad Dick Lea and brother-in-law John Balhoff ’89. Bottom, from left, are sister

Lyndra Lea, mom Anna Lea and sister Amanda Balhoff.



HALL OF FAME. Members of the Hall of Fame attending the Founders Banquet

were bottom (l to r) Judge Frank Polozola ’59, D.C. McLaughlin ’33, Jimmy Hannie

’52, Greg Brandao ’73, Father Trey Nelson ’80, Brother Eldon Crifasi, SC ’39,

Carol Bonnecaze and Brother Donnan Berry, SC. Top row, (l to r) Joe Starring

’48, Brother Xavier Werneth, SC, Brother Ivy LeBlanc, SC ‘63, Jerry Jolly ’70, Steve

Fourrier ’61, A.J. Politz, Norman Deumite, Charlie Valluzzo, Ralph Stephens ’73

and Pete Boudreaux ’59.

THANKS. CHS President Gene Tullier (center) thanks outgoing CHS Board of

Directors members Norman Deumite (second from left) and Judge Frank Polozola

’59, right, for their service on the board. Joining them are Kay Deumite (left) and

Sheri Vutera (second from right), daughter of Frank Polozola.

FOUNDERS. Recipients of a Founders plaque were Jay and Kay Rousseau. Doug

Nelson ’79 (right), CHS Board of Directors member, congratulates the Rousseaus.

GRATITUDE. Brother Chris Sweeny, SC ’84 (right) presents a Founders plaque to

Lisa and Chris Town and thanks them for their gift to CHS.

VISITS. Pete Boudreaux ’59 (left) visits with Sidney Arbour ’31 (right).

NEW FOUNDER. Michael Musso and his wife, Debbie (left), are presented a

plaque as a new Founder by CHS Board of Directors member Marlene Sheely (right).

“The CHS community owes a debt of gratitude to all of our Founders. Their generosity greatly

enhances the effectiveness of our school’s mission and assures that the tradition of the Brothers

of the Sacred Heart will be a permanent legacy available to qualified young men regardless of the

financial means of their families. ” CHS President Gene Tullier


Alums, Friends Gather at 9th Annual Taste Fair

By Barbara Camp

Over 700 guests attended

the Ninth Annual Catholic

High School Taste Fair held on

Sunday, November 16, 2008

in the Catholic High School

Gymnasium. Restaurants,

caterers and distributors in and

around the Baton Rouge area

showcased samples of their

finest food and beverages.

Drawings for door prizes

consisting of cash and gift

baskets took place during

the event. Gift baskets were

provided by Chocollage,

Community Coffee, Fresh

Market, Hi-Nabor Supermarkets

and Whole Foods.

Proceeds from the event

benefit alumni activities on

campus and assist in funding

the Alumni Association


This year’s chairman was

Patrick Hannie ’86. Members of

the Alumni Board of Directors;

Dr. James Hannie ’52; Glen

Ninth Annual Taste Fair


Alumni Gathered. CHS alumni gathered at the ninth annual Taste Fair on

November 16, 2008 were (l to r) Matt Rouse ’94, Brian Hightower ’97 and Randy

Guillaume ‘97.

Randow, director of Alumni

Relations; and Barbara Camp,

alumni events coordinator,

assisted with the event.

Special Thanks to Our

Participating Restaurants

and Vendors

♦ Acme Oyster House

♦ Ambrosia Bakery

♦ Baton Rouge Beer

Agency/Miller Lite

♦ Baton Rouge Coca-Cola

Bottling Co.

♦ Bennigan’s Grill and


♦ Bistro Byronz

♦ Café Americain Restaurant

and Catering

♦ Carrabba’s Italian Grill

♦ Community Coffee

Company, LLC

♦ DiGiulio Brothers

♦ Doe’s Eat Place

♦ Drusilla Seafood Restaurant

and Drusilla Place Catering

♦ Galatoire’s Bistro

♦ Heads & Tails

♦ Juban’s Restaurant/The

Silver Spoon

♦ Kleinpeter Farms Dairy, LLC

♦ Louisiana Lagniappe

♦ Mansurs on the Boulevard

♦ On the Half Shell

♦ Parrain’s Seafood Restaurant

♦ Paul Bologna’s Fine Wines

♦ Paul Wong’s Chinese and


♦ Roberto’s River Road


♦ Serop’s Café

♦ The Wine Loft

♦ The Grape

♦ Varnadoe’s at The Bluffs

♦ Walk-On’s Bistreaux and Bar

(Top left) TASTING. Tasting the

food selection from Walk-On’s

Bistreaux and Bar at the Taste Fair

was 1955 CHS alumnus J.H. Martin


(Top right) ENJOYING. Enjoying

the food and friends at CHS on

November 16, 2008 were (l to r)

Scott Landry ’88 and Sandy Landry;

and Lucille and Don Landry.

(Bottom left) VISITING. Visiting

with Brother Ramon Daunis, SC

(center) at the Taste Fair were (l to r)

DeNea Riche and Kenny Riche ’88.

(Bottom right) PARTICIPATING.

Paul Wong ’76 (left) participated in

the Ninth Annual Taste Fair for the

ninth time. Assisting him were

(l to r) his sister Kim Kwan, and

nephew and niece, Timothy Kwan ’06

and Kimberly Kwan.



Renovated Guidance Office Dedicated to Sr. Katie Brogdon

By Jan R. Breen

Catholic High School

dedicated its renovated

guidance office to Sr. Katie

Brogdon, C.S.J. at a school

liturgy on Friday, November

21, 2008. This dedication will

perpetuate in the school’s

tradition and culture the values

exemplified by Sr. Katie in her

work with students.

Sr. Katie served as CHS

Guidance Counselor from

1974-1997. Her boundless

enthusiasm, personal courage

and generous service inspired

students and faculty. She is a

reminder of the power of faith

and the potential for good.

Brother Francis David, SC To Speak

at Alumni Prayer Breakfast

By Barbara Camp

Catholic High School will

host its annual Alumni Prayer

and Fellowship Breakfast on

Saturday, January 31, 2009, from

8:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. in the

CHS Union. All CHS alumni

and their spouses or guests are

invited to attend.

This year’s speaker will

be Brother Francis David, SC,

provincial of the Brothers of the

Sacred Heart and past president

and principal of Catholic High


Brother Francis served

at CHS for 22 years, nine as

principal and 13 as president.

Under his leadership, Catholic

Sr. Katie was inducted

into the CHS Hall of Fame

on December 12, 1996. In his

induction address, Brother

Francis David, SC referred to

many alumni who gave witness

to Sr. Katie’s extraordinary

ministry in guidance.

“The single most important

thing Sr. Katie ever taught me

was a knowledge of myself…

She carried me when I couldn’t

walk, pushed me when I

thought I couldn’t, and smiled

and waved goodbye when I

could,” commented Carlton

Monroe, CHS Class of 1989.

Another alumnus shared

this statement: “I spent many

High was recognized four

times as a National School

of Excellence by the U.S.

Department of Education,

enrollment in the school

increased by nearly 50 percent

and three new facilities were

added to the campus.

The chairman for this

year’s event is Michael Acaldo

’85, a member of the Alumni

Association Board of Directors.

“The prayer breakfast is an

awesome gathering of alumni

and friends of Catholic High

School. This gives us all an

opportunity to come together

spiritually to pray. It’s hard to

believe that Brother Francis has

been away from Catholic High

School for several years now,

and what a fantastic gift it is

to all of us to have him back,”

commented Acaldo.

Tickets are $10 per person

and may be purchased by

contacting the CHS Alumni

Office at (225) 383-0459 or


Tickets may also be purchased

online at www.catholichigh.


hours in her office drinking her

‘secret tea’, talking, laughing

and crying….Her love, guidance

and discipline were a source of

strength, encouragement and

inspiration to all of us.”

In January 1998, Sr.

Katie died after a battle with

cancer. The CHS community

remembers her for her courage,

peacefulness, deep faith, gentleness,

compassion and joy.

Today the Sr. Katie

Brogdon guidance area includes

five guidance offices and a

conference room. Father Trey

Nelson ’80 blessed the offices

following a school liturgy.

A picture of Sr. Katie hangs

in the office and a plaque next

to the picture reads, “This

guidance office is named in

honor of Sister Katie Brogdon,

C.S.J. Sister Katie’s boundless

enthusiasm, personal courage

and generous service inspired

(Top) BLESSING. Father Trey Nelson

’80 blesses the guidance offices

dedicated in honor of Sr. Katie

Brogdon. Brother Ray Hebert, SC

(right) assists Father Trey.

(Bottom) SHARING. Sloan Deumite

’87 (right) shares stories about Sr.

Katie with CHS student Michael

Constant ‘10 (left). Sloan attended the

liturgy and dedication ceremony.

students and faculty alike. She

is an enduring reminder of the

power of faith and the potential

for good that we all share.”

Save the Date!

2009 Alumni Association Events

Prayer and Fellowship Breakfast – January 31

Brother Eldon 5K – February 28

Sporting Clay Shoot – April 4

Golf Classic – April 20

50-Year Reunion – May 16

Fishing Rodeo – June 26-27

Brother Francis David, SC



Former CHS Wrestlers and Coaches Return for Alumni Reunion

By Barbara Camp

Over 140 former Catholic

High wrestlers, coaches, family

and friends gathered for the first

CHS Alumni Wrestling Reunion

on Saturday, November 29,


Many of the participants

attended the wrestling

tournament held in the Catholic

High gymnasium on Saturday.

The tournament was followed

by a social hour, dinner and

program for the wrestling

alumni and their guests. Dinner

was provided by Drusilla Place


Members of the first

wrestling team of 1968 and the

two state championship teams of

1975 and 2008 were honored with

commemorative awards. There

was a special video presentation

created by wrestling alumnus

Ben DiPalma ’00 highlighting

past wrestlers. Many stories

and wonderful memories were


Special speakers for the

evening were former wrestling

coaches Barrett Murphy ’55

and Mack Faul and current

CHS Head Wrestling Coach

Tommy Prochaska ’92. Murphy

served as chairman of the

event. Committee members

included Warren Kron ’72, Jeff

Tanguis ’77, Prochaska, Greg

Murphy ’80, Paul Walker ’93,

Scott Deumite ’80, DiPalma,

Kevin Riche ’92, Jason May

’00, Chris Diamattia ’94, Glen

Randow, alumni director and

Barbara Camp, alumni events


“It was great to see how far wrestling at Catholic

High has come in the last 40 years. Seeing the CHS

team as one of the premier teams in the state, it

makes me proud to have been a part of its start in

1968. It was great seeing alums of all ages who have

been a part of the CHS wrestling experience.”

Former CHS Wrestling Coach Barrett Murphy ’55

FROM THE PAST. Anthony Salario ’85 and his wife, Stacey, view

wrestling pictures and items from the past.

FORMER COACH. Barrett Murphy ’55, former wrestling coach, and

his wife, Jennie, enjoy the first wrestling alumni reunion.

“I think it was an awesome event to see almost 150

alums and friends of the program come together and

enjoy 40 years of CHS wrestling. It was special to

me to finally meet the alums who were on the first

team and talk to them. I also thought it was great

to see Br. Donnan there who was the principal who

allowed Coach Murphy to start the program.”

TEAMMATES. Tommy Prochaska ’92 (left) and Dan Zvonek ’92

wrestled together at Catholic High.

CHS Head Wrestling Coach Tommy Prochaska ’92



RECONNECT. Billy Aguillard ’70, Anthony Salario ’85, Warren Capone ’70, Brent

Capone ’77 and Greg Kleinpeter ’75 reconnect during the reunion.

GATHERING. Alex Hurst ’08 (center) and guest pose with

Josh Wood ’08 (right) during the wrestling alumni dinner.

“I was very surprised to have

the opportunity to attend a

reunion only one year after

my graduation. It was a

good experience to see all of

the alumni who have been

a part of CHS wrestling and

to be in their presence.”

Former CHS wrestler

Alex Hurst ‘08

FIVE DECADES. Past wrestlers and coaches representing five decades of CHS wrestling gathered together

for the first wrestling reunion on November 29, 2008.

“The reunion was a fun

celebration for the CHS

wrestling family, thanks

to our program founder

Coach Barrett Murphy and

current State Coach of the

Year Tommy Prochaska.”

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. Members of the 2008 state championship wrestling team meet at the reunion. (l to

r) Drew Boatner, Beau Town, Sam Knight, Luis Alexander, Josh Wood and Matt Guidry.

Former CHS wrestler

Scott Deumite ‘80



Breakfast with Santa

December 20, 2008

Alumni Reunions


Jacquelyn Kate Mayeux and Matthew Von Gruben ’94…Kenya

Samuels and Terry Gray Jr. ’96…Amy Nims Cloninger and Stewart

Henry Jolly ’97…Aimee Ellender and Jason Riggs ’97…Celeste

Renée Daigle and Matthew Joseph Gross ’98…Elizabeth Marguerite

Bowie and Thomas Michael Murphy Jr. ’98…Elise Judd and Mark

Nicaud ’99…Kristen Renée LeBleu and Daniel Edward Losavio

’01…Stephanie Langley and Andrew Stuart Newman ’03.

(Top) CLASS OF 1998. Gathering at the Class of 1998 Reunion were (from

left) Robby Crochet, Trey Daniel and Chris Reed.

(Bottom) CLASS OF 1953. Gathering for the Class of 1953. Left side (front

to back) Don and Barbara Delaville, Elaine Brewerton and Carla Russell.

Right side (front to back) are Bill Bankhead, Mary Anne Bankhead and Bill



Campbell Elizabeth Alch, daughter of Kim and Steven Alch ’88…

Padraig Andrew Dulaney, son of Sarah and Patrick Dulaney

’92…Celia Grace Juban, daughter of Monique and Jason Juban

’92…Sydney Sage Spielman, daughter of Amanda and Stephen

Spielman ’92…Charles Hewes Bowden, son of Adele and Hewes

Bowden ’94…Brennan William Day, son of Emily and Benjamin

Day ’94…Bennett Alexander Audiffred, son of Julianne and Bryan

Audiffred ’95…William Walker Caro, son of Shelly and Bradley

Caro ’96…Kimberly Elite Eldredge, daughter of Angela and George

Eldredge Jr. ’96…Wyatt James Nicaud, son of Jennifer and Michael

Nicaud Jr. ’96…James William Blackstone, son of Julie and Michael

Blackstone ’97…Michael Joseph Schittone, son of Amanda and

Matthew Schittone ’98.


Endowment Established to Honor Marta McCarron

By Jan R. Breen

As Catholic High School

continues to mourn the loss of

Mrs. Marta McCarron, longtime

Spanish teacher at CHS who

died October 8, 2008, those

close to her have found a way to

remember her forever through

the establishment of a named

endowment fund.

Marta McCarron began her


career at

CHS in 1989.

During her

nearly 20

years as a

member of

the faculty,

she touched

the lives of


of students and colleagues.

She will be remembered by all

who knew her as a woman of

deep concern for others and an

abiding faith in God. She lived

her life in service to others and

with a deep passion to help

improve the lives of those in


Because Marta wanted to

help others, she was committed

to starting and completely

funding the Josh Hoffpauir ’98

Endowed Scholarship. Upon

finishing this scholarship, Marta

was soon on a mission to begin

an endowment to help students

who would be financially

unable to purchase things like

class rings, letter jackets, or to

attend conventions that their

respective clubs might attend.

Marta, along with her

National Honor Society

members, soon found that

the newly formed Student



“She lived her life in service

to others and with a deep

passion to help improve the

lives of those in need.”

was also


in joining in

her mission.

The two



together in

the spring of

2008 to start the CHS Student

Endowment Fund. The only

issue that Marta disagreed

with was the name of the

endowment. She really wanted

to attach a deserving name to

the endowment. The stumbling

block to this was that the two

organizations could not come

up with a deserving recipient.

Little did they know that

God had a plan that would guide

them in naming the scholarship.

In honor of Marta’s passion to

help others, the recently formed

Grandparents Day Set for February 20

GRANDPARENTS. Lonnie Lockett ‘09 (center) visits with his grandmothers (l to

r) Laraine Forier and Doretha Williams at the 2008 Grandparents Day.



endowment will now be called

the Marta Hernandez McCarron

- CHS Student Endowment

Fund. It is a fitting way to

honor a special woman who

lived the Gospel values that

are at the core of the mission

of Catholic High. Marta loved

her CHS boys and through this

endowment she will continue to

make a difference in the lives of

the young men she cherished.

If anyone is interested in

helping to fund this endowment

or honor a loved one by

establishing an endowment

or endowed scholarship, they

may contact CHS Director of

By Joni Owens

On Friday, February 20,

2009, Catholic High School

will welcome grandparents

and great-grandparents of all

CHS students for its annual

Grandparents Day celebration.

The program will begin at

1:45 p.m. in the gymnasium.

Guests will be entertained by

the CHS band and chorus,

participate in a prayer service

led by the CHS student ministry

team and hear several prose and

poetry presentations written

by CHS students about their


Due to growing numbers


taught Spanish at Catholic High School

for nearly 20 years. She lived her life

serving others.

Development Hal Dupuy ’73,

at (225) 389-0978 or hdupuy@


and safety concerns at this

event, students not involved

in the program will remain in

their classrooms during the

program and will be dismissed

to meet their grandparents after

the program in a designated

area on campus. At that time,

grandparents will be able to

tour the campus with their

grandsons and enjoy a reception

hosted by the CHS Mothers’

Club in the Union.

More information

regarding Grandparents Day

will be made available to

parents through the Catholic

High Newsletter.

Planned Gifts Light the Path to Bright Future

The Brother Donnan Berry, SC Legacy Partnership

By Hal Dupuy ’73

The CHS Foundation

recently named its planned

giving program in honor of

Brother Donnan Berry, SC. The

program will be officially named

the Brother Donnan Berry, SC

Legacy Partnership. This legacy

partnership offers flexible

giving options to those who

have a passion for the mission

of CHS and offers everyone an

opportunity to create a positive


Brother Donnan was

principal of CHS from 1964

until 1974. In 1966, under

his leadership, Catholic High

School was accredited for

the first time by the Southern

Association of Colleges and

Schools. In 1971, Brother

Donnan designed and put

into place an elaborate awards

program featuring impressive

Golden Bear Awards for the

best student in each subject

and student organization, the

outstanding graduate and the


top 10 seniors. That style of

awards program is still used at

Catholic High today. Brother

Donnan also instituted the Hall

of Fame to recognize leaders

in the school community who

were connected to CHS in some

way and who might serve as

role models for students.

He established the

Development Office at Catholic

High on August 1, 1980. He

headed fundraising efforts at

CHS until July 1993, when he

was transferred to St. Stanislaus

to be the local director. He

remained there until August

2005 and due to Hurricane

Katrina returned to Baton Rouge

where he now resides.

Making a planned gift to

Catholic High School can be

one of the easiest, most fulfilling

ways to become

a significant

partner in the

CHS mission.

There are a

variety of ways

to structure

a legacy


gift without


your personal

financial goals.

Gifts can be in the form of

outright bequests, retirement

plan or IRA assets, appreciated

property (securities or real

estate), charitable trusts (that

can provide income for you

and your


while still

providing a


gift) and life



Depending on

how your gift

is structured,

it may also



savings on

current income

taxes or future

estate taxes.

Brother Donnan Berry, SC


in the Brother Donnan Berry, SC

Legacy Partnership is simply

a matter of advising the CHS

Foundation that you have

established a

legacy gift to

CHS. Consider

joining others

who have

chosen to

make a gift in

perpetuity to

Catholic High

School. The

most recent of

these was the

late Dr. Claude

Patin who named the school and

the Brothers of the Sacred Heart

in his will. Since the last Bear

Facts II, CHS Foundation Board

member Francis Jumonville and

his wife Robin have informed

the Development Office that

they too have included a

planned gift for Catholic High

as part of their estate planning.

Jumonville remarked that “for

the Mission of Catholic High

to continue in perpetuity, at

least two things must happen.

“The Brother Donnan

Berry, SC, Legacy

Partnership offers

flexible giving options

to those who have a

passion for the Mission

of Catholic High.”

(Top left) DEVELOPMENT. Brother

Donnan established the Catholic High

School Development Office in 1980.

(Bottom left) PRINCIPAL. Brother

Donnan was principal of CHS from

1964-1974. He presents the Golden

Bear to Doug LeBlanc as Senior of the

Year in 1969.

Tuition must remain affordable,

and we must hire and keep

the very best teachers. Gifts

planned years in advance will

help achieve these requirements.

The Brother Donnan Berry, SC

Legacy Partnership envisions a

future when Catholic High will

be even better and stronger than

it is today.”

We know there may be

others, like Dr. Patin and the

Jumonvilles, who have already

included Catholic High in their

wills and estate planning. We

would like to publicly thank

them for their generosity;

therefore, we would greatly

appreciate it if those that have

done so would inform the

Development Office of their

planned gift.

If you are interested in

blessing our school in a similar

manner, or if you know anyone

who has already included

Catholic High School in his or

her will, please contact CHS

Director of Development Hal

Dupuy ’73 at (225) 389-0978 or

hdupuy@catholichigh.org or

Treasurer Margie Alexander at

(225) 381-9114 or malexander@

catholichigh.org. We would

be happy to work with your

financial advisor or estate

planner to help you customize

your gift.


By Joni Owens

Sixty-six percent of families

have responded to the appeal

for their participation in the

Parents Annual Giving Event

(PAGE) program.

“Our goal is 100 percent

response from CHS families,

even if their decision is not to

participate. PAGE is the way to

keep tuition reasonable, broaden

the socio-economic diversity of

the student body, provide a tax

deduction to those who itemize

and fund the school at a level

that will maintain excellence.

We believe that once parents

understand what PAGE is all

about, they will do the right

thing,” commented Russel and

Valerie Primeaux, PAGE chair


In November, parent

volunteers made follow-up

calls to the 37 percent of families

that have not yet responded to

the appeal. PAGE leadership

Letter Jacket Received from

1996 Graduate Taylor Riché

By Margie Alexander

Taylor Riché, a 1996

graduate, recently donated his

letter jacket, lantern pins and

band honor pins to the Catholic

High School Archives.

The jacket will l

become a

permanent addition


to the existing




so many

items that


over the

years have

given to the







Scholarship to Tulane

University upon graduation

from CHS. He was a National

Merit Semifinalist and received


PAGE Participation Reaches 66 Percent

will continue to follow up with

these families after the first of

the year.

“We are grateful to the

families who have responded to

the PAGE appeal thus far. We

also acknowledge the financial

strain that this time of year, as

well as the current state of our

economy, has placed on many

of our families. As always, any

gift, regardless of the amount,

is appreciated and needed,”

commented CHS President

Gene Tullier.

Parents who have not

yet responded to the PAGE

appeal are encouraged to

return their commitment cards

as soon as possible to the CHS

Development Office at 808

Hearthstone Drive, Baton

Rouge, LA 70806. If you have

misplaced your commitment

form, please contact the

Development Office at (225)


the Golden Bear for Band during

his senior year. That year he

served as Drum Major.

He also served as copy

editor for the Bruin and was the

district representative for Mu

Alpha Theta.

If you have

memoirs from

your days at

Catholic High

and would

like to donate

these items

to the school



call Margie



(225) 381-

9114 or e-mail at


If you would like please feel free

to drop by and browse.

PARTICIPATION. The goal for PAGE participation is 100 percent response from

Catholic High School families.

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Class Ring Donations

Class Rings Not Represented

♦ 1909

♦ 1910

♦ 1911

♦ 1912

♦ 1916

♦ 1917

♦ 1918

♦ 1919

♦ 1920

♦ 1921

♦ 1922

♦ 1923 ♦ 1960

♦ 1925 ♦ 1964

♦ 1927 ♦ 1967

♦ 1928 ♦ 1968

♦ 1929 ♦ 1969

♦ 1930 ♦ 1972

♦ 1933 ♦ 1975

♦ 1934 ♦ 1979

♦ 1935 ♦ 1981

♦ 1936 ♦ 1990

♦ 1941 ♦ 1995

♦ 1943 ♦ 1999

♦ 1949 ♦ 2000

♦ 1950 ♦ 2001

♦ 1952 ♦ 2002

♦ 1954 ♦ 2004

♦ 1959

DONATIONS. Donating class rings

to the CHS Class Ring Display were

(counter-clockwise, top left) John

Colter ‘80, Buddy Guillory ’76 and

Paul Hebert Jr. ’64. Hebert donated his

father’s ring which belonged to the

late Dean Paul Hebert Sr., St. Vincent’s

Academy Class of 1924.


By Jan R. Breen

The CHS Cross Country

Team took the State

Championship on November

18, 2008 in Natchitoches in

one of the most impressive

performances in state meet

history. The “Big Orange

Wave” totally dominated the

field to literally run away with

the 2008 state championship.

Philip Primeaux ’10 won the

individual title and Matt Rice

’12 finished fourth, the highest

finish ever by a freshman, to

lead the way.

The Wave finished with

four runners in the top 12 and

five in the top 18. Scorers for

the team were: Primeaux, Rice,

Barrett Miller ’10, Ben Brown

’10, Seth Maggio ’09, Rance

Guerin ’10 and Seth Davidson


The win was the 14th

state title for the Bears under

Head Cross Country Coach

Pete Boudreaux ’59 and the

22nd time that the “Big Orange

Wave” has finished the season

as either state champion or state


Assisting Coach Boudreaux

is faculty member Nick


Cross Country and Swim Team Capture Titles

62 Men’s Club Barbecues

ATTENDANCE. LeClercq Bozeman

’42, of Cary, Illinois, attended his

62nd consecutive Men’s Club

Barbecue on October 11, 2008.


The swimming team

captured the State Runner-up

title on November 22, for the 8th

time. The Bears were seeded to

take 3rd going into the finals but

swam well and moved up to

2nd. They took 2nd in the 200

freestyle relay and 3rd in the 400

freestyle relay. Freshman Grant

Grenfell took 4th in the 100 fly

and the 200 IM.

The Bears were led by

captains Gabe Landry ’09 and

Austin Gerald ’09. The swim

team also garnered its 16th city

title in a row.

(Above) STATE CHAMP. Philip

Primeaux won the individual state title.

By Jan R. Breen

Catholic High Senior Hillar

Moore IV has signed to play

baseball at Southern University.

Moore, a pitcher and first

baseman, is a varsity player for

the Bears and was on the 2008

CHS team that played in the

state semifinals.

“I wanted to stay in Baton

Rouge, and Southern has a

strong baseball program,”

commented Moore.

CHS Head Baseball coach

Kyle Achord congratulated

Moore on the opportunity to

continue his baseball career.

“I’m excited for Hillar and

his family that he will have the

opportunity to continue his

(Top) STATE TITLE. The CHS Cross Country Team captured the State Title for the

14th time under Coach Pete Boudreaux ’59.

(Bottom) RACING. Junior Andrew Blanchard races to the finish line.

Hillar Moore IV To Play Baseball

at Southern University

baseball career at the collegiate

level,” added Achord.

Athletics has been a part of

the Moore family for

three generations.

Hillar Moore, Jr.

played high school

baseball in New

Orleans in 1942

and 1943 before he

entered the service

in World War

II. Hillar Moore

III wrestled at

Brother Martin

in New Orleans

and continued his

athletic career by

wrestling and

playing rugby at


Catholic High has 10

graduates currently playing

baseball at the collegiate level.

SIGNING. Congratulating Hillar Moore IV (center)

were CHS Head Baseball Coach Kyle Achord (left) and

Moore’s dad Hillar Moore III (right).



There are many special occasions during our lives when we choose to memorialize or honor in a special way those we hold dear. The following

are acknowledged for their gifts to Catholic High School from September 18, 2008 through December 10, 2008 in honor or memory of loved ones.

Please remember these alumni and friends, as well as their families, in your prayers.


Mr. Marion J. Alessi ’47

Mr. and Mrs. Louis W. McHardy, Sr. ’47

Mrs. Evelyn Altazin

Mr. and Mrs. Otis S. James, Jr.

Mr. Donald R. Anderson

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Bordelon

Ms. Lillian F. Lynch

Ms. Yvonne Andrus

Mrs. Sharon Daigle

Mr. and Mrs. Brandon S. Nadler

Mr. William J. Avera, Sr.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Addison

Mr. Frank A. Barbay, Sr. ’55

Mr. and Mrs. Mark J. Loreno

Mr. Billy Boles

Mrs. Janet Q. Rhorer

Mrs. Maria P. Bologna

Mr. and Mrs. Otis S. James, Jr.

Mr. John L. Brewerton, Jr. ’52

Mr. and Mrs. Jess C. Arceneaux ’56

Mr. and Mrs. George D. Gelpi ’52

Mr. Robert W. Lewis ’52 and Dr.

Jacqueline Lewis

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence P. Lorio, Jr. ’52

Mr. and Mrs. Phil J. Muscarello, Sr. ’50

Mr. C. Bruce Broussard, Sr.

Mr. Denis M. Guillot ’68

Mr. Edgar J. Burch ’35

Mr. and Mrs. Andy G. Simon ’77

Mr. Vincent P. Cangelosi ’34

Mr. and Mrs. Louis W. McHardy, Sr. ’47

Mr. Leo A. Carlino, Jr. ’75

Mrs. Laurie H. Carlino

Mr. and Mrs. Louis J. Haupt

Mr. and Mrs. Errol E. Labat ’75

Mr. Samuel G. D’Agostino, Sr. ’70

Mr. and Mrs. J. Gerard Jolly ’70

Mr. and Mrs. Phil J. Muscarello, Sr. ’50

Mr. and Mrs. Douglas C. Woolfolk

Mr. Charles N. deGravelles, Sr.

Mrs. Claudia Brosius

Mr. Steven W. Deumite ’79

Ms. Michelle Stears

Mrs. Verna Jane Dickey

Mr. and Mrs. Harold I. Bahlinger, Sr. ’53

Mrs. Inez Ducote

Mr. and Mrs. Otis S. James, Jr.

Mr. Charles J. Duhe, Sr.

Mr. and Mrs. Doyle A. Ball, Jr.

Mr. Daniel P. Esnard ’62

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick J. Esnard ’64

Mr. P. Ryan Esnard ’97

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick J. Esnard ’64

Dr. Derwood F. Facundus

Mr. Roberto F. Facundus ’93

Mr. Lawrence C. Fourrier ’26

Mrs. Carmen H. Fourrier

Mr. David I. Fremin ’82

Mr. and Mrs. T. Flint Virgets ’78

Mr. W. Wayne Gaudin, Jr. ’76

Mr. and Mrs. Gary J. Walker, Sr.

Mr. James P. Giblin II ’95

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick J. Esnard ’64

Mr. and Mrs. Douglas J. Nelson ’79

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph D. Richard, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Barry D. Riggs

Mr. Dan H. Hoffman, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Abadie

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph J. Stephens ’73

Mr. Fielding H. Johnson ’52


Mr. Jonathan D. Juneau ’88

Class of 1988

Mrs. Mildred E. Koehler

Dr. and Mrs. Williams D. Wall IV

Mrs. Gloria Labat

Mr. and Mrs. Errol E. Labat ’75

Lt. M. Scott Lamana ’88

Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Adair

Mrs. Stella M. Larpenteur

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Case, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Y. Gauthier

Mrs. Barbara B. Hardin

Ms. Maria W. Reeves

Mr. Ross Loreno

Mr. and Mrs. Mark J. Loreno

Miss Madeleine M. Lynch

Mr. and Mrs. Otis S. James, Jr.

Mr. Michael J. Marcello, Sr.

Mr. and Mrs. Phil J. Muscarello, Sr. ’50

Mrs. Marta H. McCarron

Mr. and Mrs. Phillip G. Alley, Sr.

Ms. Sybil F. Boizelle

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin E. Borgmeyer

Mr. and Mrs. J. Pierre Boudreaux, Sr. ’59

CHS Faculty & Staff

Mr. and Mrs. Carlos M. Finalet

Ms. Christine M. Santhin

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph J. Stephens ’73

Mr. and Mrs. J. Rick Tarajano, Sr.

Mr. Brent D. Pecue ’80

Mrs. Sara L. Cecil

Mrs. Danni Pecue

Mr. William B. Pecue ’56

Mrs. Danni Pecue

Mr. John K. Pugh

Jean Cottingham Family

Mrs. Jo Ann Pugh

Mr. Lamar Pugh

Robert G. Pugh, Jr. Family

Mr. Lloyd A. Robichaux, Sr.

Mr. and Mrs. John L. Colter ’80

Mr. Jordan T. Rourke ’06

Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Delarosa

Mr. and Mrs. J. Pat Giblin


Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Harvey

Mrs. Anamaria M. Olinde

Mr. and Mrs. Barry D. Riggs

Mr. and Mrs. Frank T. Saia

Dr. and Mrs. C. Verne Brian

Mr. Craig E. Samaha ’71

Mr. and Mrs. Brent J. Samaha ’68

Mr. John E. Strenski ’88

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald J. Bower

Class of 1988

Mr. Bert S. Turner

Mrs. Janet Q. Rhorer

Mr. Alex W. Wall, Sr. ’36

Ms. Christine E. Angelloz

Mr. and Mrs. Sidney R. Bowden, Sr.

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Bridges

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Delaune, Sr.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Hebert, Jr. ’64

Judge and Mrs. Bob H. Hester

James J. Zito, Atty-at-Law

Mr. and Mrs. Karl E. Krousel, Sr. ’81

Patrick L.Flanagan Insurance

Agency, Inc.

Dr. Rivers P. Wall

Mr. and Mrs. Laurance Brooks, Jr.

Dr. and Mrs. T. C. Morgan, Jr.

Ms. Eloise Y. Wall

Mrs. Karen V. Weilbacher

Mr. and Mrs. Kurt L. Weilbacher


Reverend Michael J. Alello ’98


Mr. William W. Caro

Michelle C. Dow

Mr. Michael G. Fertitta ’10

Mr. and Mrs. Frank G. Fertitta

Mr. Spencer P. Landry ’12

Mr. and Mrs. Windell Landry

Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Magette

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Raley

Mr. D. Christopher Sloas ’11



As of December 12, 2008, the following alumni and friends of CHS have

died since the last issue of Bear Facts II. Please remember them and

their families in your prayers.

Andrew Patrick Abel

Joseph M. “Billy” Aguillard

Marion J. Alessi ’47

Donald Raymond Anderson

Lena Augusta

Alva Faye Thompson Balden

Dr. Ernest Dell Bateman Jr.

Carol Judice Boudreaux

Clarence Bruce Broussard Sr.

Vincent Paul Cangelosi ’34

Elsie St. Martin Carville

Michael V. “Mike” Chambers Jr.

Sister Edana Corcoran

Brother Elliot “D.J.” Couvillon

SC ’46

Earl W. Coxe

Lamar Noble Coxe Sr.

Samuel “Sammy” D’Agostino

Sr. ’70

Verna Jane Wilcox Dickey

Catherina “Katie” Ancona


Francis Justin Doiron ’36

Doris “Dottie” Dumigan

Joseph Victor “Big Joe”

Gilbert Jr. ’68

Catherine Southwick Hebert

Helen McConnell Hebert

Alice Maria Harris Henderson

The Scott Couper Family

Mr. and Mrs. Scott A. Couper

Mr. Gregory M. Theriot ’10

Mr. and Mrs. Gregg P. Theriot

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence H. Williams ’77

Mrs. Rosemary H. Williams

Mr. and Mrs. Miles B. Williams, Sr. ’79

Mrs. Rosemary H. Williams

Mr. John A. Young ’09

Dr. and Mrs. William J. Bernard

Lois Wintz Hernandez

Claire Adele Aucoin Herthum

Daniel H. Hoffman Jr.

William B. Huffstickler Jr.

Roy Bernard Katz

William “Bill” Keller

Mildred Odenthal Koehler

Madeleine Sibille Korn

Sister Mary Cyril Landry, O. Carm.

Clarisse Elizabeth Richard LeBlanc

Brother Albert John Ledet, SC

Daniel Robert Madden ’52

Peggy B. Maranto

Michael J. “Mitch” Marcello Sr.

Marta Hernandez McCarron

Barbara Marion Meadors

Martha Warner Metrailer

Robert Clay Olano

Percy Sebastian Richard Jr.

Cynthia Carmena Romaine

Nathan Francis Ruh

Josephine Cusimano Russo

Patricia R. “Pat” Schneider

Barry John Talbot Sr.

William Thornton “Willie”

Tugwell III

Gloria Bergeron Vince

Alex Wilson Wall Sr. ’36


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Sports in the Past

By David Butler ’77

Mac Chauvin,

retiring from his post

as assistant to the

Commissioner of the

Louisiana High School

Athletic Association,

recently reflected on

his younger days as a

high school basketball

David Butler ’77

official. He could not

help but chuckle as he fondly recalled two

different games involving Catholic High


On one occasion he was officiating a

Catholic High varsity game when Brother

Eldon Crifasi, SC ’39 was coaching.

Chauvin was working the game with a

younger and less experienced partner. At

some point in the contest the other official

blew his whistle signaling a technical foul

on the Catholic High bench. Somewhat in a

state of shock, Chauvin ran up to the other

official saying: “Who did you call a technical

foul on?”

The rookie official responded, “The

Catholic coach.” Chauvin, disbelieving

what he had just heard, replied, “That’s

Brother Eldon. You can’t call a technical foul

on Brother Eldon. What did he do?”

The new official responded by pointing

out that Brother Eldon was squatting on

the court and was not seated in his chair.

Chauvin quickly took control of the situation

saying: “That is Brother Eldon. We do not

call technical fouls on Brother Eldon. He can

squat wherever he wants and we are not

calling technical fouls on Brother Eldon.”

The other incident brought a huge smile

to Chauvin’s face as he recalled a prank that

occurred as he officiated the finals of the

prestigious Wedge Kyes tournament being

played at a packed Catholic High gym.

Chauvin recalled: “Catholic had made

it to the finals. The starting lineups had

been introduced, the teams were lined up

for the National Anthem and the lights were

dimmed. You could hear the scratching of

the record player over the P.A. system, but

instead of the crowd hearing the National

Anthem, ‘Wild Thing’ blared over the P.A.

system.” ‘Wild Thing,’ a popular song at

the time, began with a very vocal “Wild

thing, you make my heart sing. You make

everything groovy, wild thing. “Chauvin

said it was all he could do to keep his

composure realizing that one of the students

had played a prank on the Brothers.

Don Cassano ’67, a member of the

team, recalled Val Duffel ’67 had taken the

label off of the National Anthem record and

placed it on the “Wild Thing” record.

“Once we heard the song we

immediately knew who the culprit was, as

Val was always pulling pranks; but we kept

our mouths shut. It is still the talk of the

team and the class today,” stated Cassano.

(Top) COACH. Head Basketball Coach Brother Eldon

Crifasi, SC ’39 (kneeling) coached the 1961-1962

Bears. (1961 Bruin photo)

(Bottom) PLAYERS. Don Cassano (44) shakes the

ball free from his opponent. (1967 Bruin photo)


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