1. Worthy of the greatest honor or distinction.
2. Crowned with laurel as a mark of honor.
The LSU Foundation is pleased to introduce the LSU Foundation Laureate Society.
In November 2006, at the LSU Foundation Annual Membership meeting, the LSU Foundation unveiled the new LSU Foundation Laureate Society.
The LSU Foundation Laureate Society grew out of the President's Award for Lifetime Support recognition. The President's Award acknowledged cumulative giving to the LSU Foundation, the Tiger Athletic Foundation and the LSU Alumni Association. Over time, we realized we were duplicating efforts as both the Alumni Association and Tiger Athletic Foundation have their own donor recognition programs. The duplication was not a wise use of resources and often caused confusion with donors.
With the recommendation and endorsement of the LSU Foundation Board of Directors, the LSU Foundation Laureate Society was created to recognize individual, couple and organizational lifetime giving to the academic enterprise of LSU exclusively through the LSU Foundation. As a donor recognition program, the President's Award for Lifetime Support has been retired.
For the inaugural year, the LSU Foundation Laureate Society will induct charter members based on cumulative giving through June 30, 2007. In the fall of 2007, the LSU Foundation will host the inaugural induction ceremony for the Laureate Society for those who accept the invitation to participate.
The Laureate Society levels are named after those who are historically important to Louisiana State University. Their contributions laid the groundwork of the successes we enjoy today.
|George Mason Graham Laureate
recognizing cumulative giving $100-249,000
George Mason Graham, often called the "Father of LSU," was the first Chairman of the board of trustees of the fledgling Louisiana State Seminary of Learning, the forerunner of Louisiana State University. He was one of the primary molders of the new school and it was said that "beyond family and intimate private affairs there was nothing closer to his heart than Louisiana State Seminary of Learning."
|R. Olivia Davis Laureate
recognizing cumulative giving $250,000-500,000
In 1905, she was the first woman to receive a degree from LSU - a master's degree in mathematics. The next year, 31 women enrolled at LSU.
|Steele Burden Laureate
recognizing cumulative giving $500,000-999,000
A master landscaper and arborist, Steele designed and facilitated much of Baton Rouge's green spaces and his mark upon this city can still be seen today. The LSU campus is a testament to his love for the land. During the 1930s, many of LSU's live oaks and magnolia trees were planted by Steele Burden, and the live oak trees on LSU's campus have been valued at $36 million.
|Troy H. Middleton Laureate
recognizing cumulative giving $1,000,000 - 4,999,999
Middleton was a key to restoring LSU's financial and academic reputation after a series of scandals in the 1930s. During Middleton's tenure, the coveted Boyd Professorships were created. Despite a stellar military career, Middleton called his time at LSU "his most satisfying and rewarding," and believed his efforts to restore fiscal solvency were his greatest contribution to LSU.
|T. Harry Williams Laureate
recognizing cumulative giving $5,000,000 - 10,000,000
History professor T. Harry Williams brought international attention to LSU academics when in 1970 he won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for his book Huey Long. A lecturer extraordinaire, Williams was a Civil War expert, but his book on Long took him into the world of Louisiana politics. The eloquent Williams served on the LSU faculty for 38 years.
|John M. Parker Laureate
recognizing cumulative giving $10,000,000+
Governor of Louisiana from 1920-1924, Parker began the "Greater University" movement that lead to the foundation of the present day campus and passed a two percent severance tax to support education in Louisiana. He assisted in moving LSU from north Baton Rouge to its present location.
|Thomas Boyd Laureate
recognizing cumulative giving $25,000,000+
Boyd created LSU's modern college system and was known as "the Grand Old Man of LSU." Though considered small in stature and shy by nature, he, at the age of 42, finally accepted the presidency after turning down the offer three times. Boyd was a progressive person who envisioned LSU as a great institution of higher learning. His presidency would prove to the most dynamic in LSU's history.
The LSU Foundation Laureate Society Charter Members will be recognized for cumulative giving through June 30, 2007.
How LSU Foundation Laureate Society recognition totals are calculated.
- Cumulative cash, pledge payments and gifts-in-kind are totaled. Outstanding pledge balances are not included.
- Personal corporate matching is counted.
- Planned gifts such as wills and bequests (revocable gifts) are recognized through The 1860 Society, and not counted in Laureate Society totals.
- Gifts only to the LSU Foundation are calculated. Gifts to the Tiger Athletic Foundation and the LSU Alumni Association are recognized by these organizations. Does not include gifts given directly to LSU, or gifts received by the LSU Foundation and ownership is transferred to another entity, such as LSU.
- Gifts from a donor asset base over which the donor has authority are counted. Examples include, but are not limited to, personal family foundations, donor advised funds (e.g. Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, OppenheimerFunds Legacy Program, Schwab Fund for Charitable Giving, Vanguard Charitable Endowment), and community foundation accounts (e.g. Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Central Louisiana Community Foundation).
- One does not receive personal or recognition gift credit for assisting with a cash gift or gift-in-kind from a publicly-traded company or a company in which the facilitator has no primary ownership. For example, a graduate who works for a large publicly-traded petrochemical company and helps to steer a gift from the company to the LSU Foundation does not receive personal credit for that gift. That gift came from company assets, not his or her personal assets.
- One does not receive personal or recognition gift credit for assisting with a cash gift or gift-in-kind from another individual(s). For example, a volunteer who has assisted in directing a gift to LSU from another individual, while greatly appreciated, does not receive personal credit for that gift, since the gift came from another's assets, not the volunteer's personal assets.
- State matching funds are not counted. These are the funds the state provides to match a donor's gift to establish an endowed professorship or chair. The donor's personal portion is counted in Laureate Society totals.
- Laureate Society invitations are directed to living persons, including surviving spouses, and to organizations that are still in existence.
This listing includes donors who have given their permission to be recognized as members of the LSU Foundation Laureate Society.
|John M. Parker Laureate ($10,000,000 - $24,999,999)
|Baton Rouge Area Foundation Fund Donors
|T. Harry William Laureate ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
|BP America, Inc.
Irene W. & C.B. Pennington Foundation
Shell Oil Company
Emmet and Toni Stephenson
|Troy H. Middleton Laureate ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
Carol Albritton Biedenharn
Mr. Charles L. Barney
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald C. Cambre
Devon Energy Corporation
The Dow Chemical Company
Art E. Favre ‡
Jim & Cherie Flores
Mrs. Alta V. Franks
Friends of Rural Life Museum
Alfred C. Glassell *
Gordon and Mary Cain Foundation
Billy and Ann Harrison, III
|Mr. and Mrs. Anthony C. Leach, Jr.
Dr. and Mrs. Harry J. Longwell
The Douglas Manship Family
Marathon Oil Company
Mr. and Mrs. Roy O. Martin, III
Mr. and Mrs. James E. Maurin
Dr. James R. and Ann A. Peltier
Dee Dee and Kevin P. Reilly
Mr. and Mrs. William W. Rucks IV
Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Schmitt
Perry J. Segura
Bingham C. Stewart *‡
Mr.* and Mrs. Patrick F. Taylor
Mr. and Mrs. Bert S. Turner
|Steele Burden Laureate ($500,000 - $999,999)
|American Sugar Cane League
Dr. Mary Lou Applewhite
John W. Barton, Sr.
Dr. and Mrs. Clarence P. Cazalot, Jr.
Contractors Educational Trust Fund
E.I. DuPont denemours & Company
Gardner Denver, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward G. Galante
Adolphe G. Gueymard *
Mark R. and Carolyn Campbell Guidry
IBM International Foundation
Carole and Charles W. Lamar III
Mr. and Mrs. Ulyesses J. LeGrange ‡
Don and Pat Lyle
Mr. Ronald E. & Dr. Mary E. Neal
Mr. and Mrs. John B. Noland ‡
Roger H. Ogden
Mr. Francis "Buzz" Raborn
Mr. and Mrs. Oliver G. Richard, III
Nadine C. Russell ‡
Jane and Denny Shelton
Taylor Porter Brooks & Phillips, LLP ‡
Mr. and Mrs. Rick Wolfert
Milton Womack* and Margaret Womack Hart
|R. Olivia Davis Laureate ($250,000 - $499,999)
|Eric L. Abraham
American Society of Sugar Cane Technologists (La. Division)
Mary and Oscar Andras ‡
Mr. and Mrs. James J. Bailey III
Mr. and Mrs. Byrd M. Ball
George W. Barineau III
A. K. and Shirley Barton
Baton Rouge Coca-Cola Bottling Co.
Jeff H. Benhard ‡
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation
Clark and Laura Boyce
Campus Federal Credit Union
Julian R.* and Sidney N. Carruth
Dudley and Beverly Coates
Mr. and Mrs. Lodwrick M. Cook
Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Crosby, III ‡
Julian A. & Doris Westmoreland Darden
Mr. and Mrs. Norman A. Deumite
Jerry and Nancy Dumas
Richard V. and Seola A. Edwards
Clarence M. Eidt, Jr.
Ernst & Young Foundation
Formosa Plastics Corporation
Friends of the LSU Museum of Art
Georgia Gulf Corporation
Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Harrison, Jr.
Daniel B. Heard
Hollingsworth-Richards Auto Group
Richard and Katherine Juneau
Kean Miller Hawthorne D'Armond McCowan & Jarman, LLP
|Mr. and Mrs. Donald W. Keller
Elena Rodgers LeBlanc
Donna Wright Lee ‡
Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Lipsey
Liskow & Lewis
Dr. and Mrs. Alfredo Lopez
Louisiana Chemical Association
Louisiana Public Facilities Authority ‡
Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin B. McNeil
Mrs. A.J.M. "Bubba" Oustalet, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. G. Allen Penniman, Jr.
Phelps Dunbar LLP
Mr. and Mrs. D. Martin Phillips
Dr. Robert S. Reich *
Mr. and Mrs. Otha Charles Roddey
Scripps Howard Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry E. Shea, Jr. ‡
Dr. Charles M. Smith
Dr. and Mrs. William R. Smith
Mr. & Mrs. Jeff N. Springmeyer ‡
Richard and Linda Sturlese
Cyril and Tutta Vetter
Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Walter Lantz Foundation
Elton G. & Jo Ellen L. Yates
|George Mason Graham Laureate ($100,000 - $249,999)
|Jerry W. Affolter, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Alford
Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation
Ellen and Paul Arst
A. Wilbert's Sons, L.L.C.
John Q. Barnidge
Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Barre'
Gray and Angelique Barrow
Marian Wilfert Beauchamp
Ram N. Bhatia
Dianne and John B. Brock III
The Brookhill Foundation †
Mr. Robert J. Bujol
C.J. Brown/Latter & Blum
Cajun Industries, LLC
William A. and Ann R. Callegari
Mrs. Jules A. Carville, Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. Johnston Harman Chandler
Mr. & Mrs. Stanley M. Cothren, Sr.
Cultural Services of the French Embassy
Louis D. Curet
George A. Daniels
Jacques and Paula de la Bretonne
Delta Gamma Foundation
Judge James L. Dennis
Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc.
Ernest R. and Iris M. Eldred
Keith and Karen Evans
Charlene M. Favre
Calvin C. Fayard, Jr.
Cynthia Felder Fayard
William and Rene Firesheets, II
Brett & Renee Furr
Mr. & Mrs. Roy D. Gerard
Gerry Lane Enterprises
Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. G. Lee Griffin
Dr. Michael G. Griffith
Mr. and Mrs. Frank R. Groves, Jr.
Pamela O'Niell Moore Hamel & George F. Hamel, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Holt B. Harrison
Robert H. and Corinne P. Harvey
Brian and Barbara Haymon
Patricia C. Hewlett
John A. Hollinshead
Dr. Dominique G. Homberger
The Hubert Charitable Foundation, Baton Rouge, LA
Huie Dellmon Trust
International Center for Journalists
Jones Walker Waechter Poitevent Carrere & Denegre
Dr. Charles and Elise Kaufman
George A. Khoury, Jr. †
Kenneth* and Louise Kinney
|Joseph A. Kleinpeter
Kleinpeter Farms Dairy, LLC
Koch Industries/Georgia Pacific
Mr. and Mrs. John P. Laborde
Lucien and Peggy Laborde
David and Betty Laxton
Louisiana Academy of Veterinary Practice, Inc. †
Louisiana Farm Bureau Foundation, Inc.
Jonathan and Maggie Martin
Dr. and Mrs. Calvin C. Mattax
Mr. and Mrs. W. Shelby McKenzie
Monsanto Company & Monsanto Fund
The Mosaic Company
Roger and Marcia Moser
Dr. & Mrs. Paul W. Murrill
Nestle Purina Pet Care †
Mr. Eiad M. Odeh and Mrs. Mary E. Roper
Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. O'Shields
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
William and Nancy Owens †
Dr. Ruth Martin Patrick
PPG Industries Foundation
William and Gail Pryor
G. Frank Purvis, Jr.
Jennifer Eplett and Sean Reilly
Michael D. Robinson
L. Cary Saurage II
SCAVMA Pet Fare
Dr. and Mrs. William L. Senn, Jr.
John and Rose Ann Shelton, Jr.
Andrew J. Shoup, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Siess, Jr.
Janice C. Silver
J. Noland Singletary, Sr.
Mr. and Mrs. Allen L. Smith, Jr.
South East Marketing
Michael R. and Carol Todd Stamatedes
State Farm Companies Foundation
Carl J. Streva †
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Svendson
Dr. & Mrs. Mehmet T. & Karen N. Tümay
Tyan Computer Corporation
Mr. John G. Turner and Mr. Jerry G. Fischer
Mrs. Alverdy Veron and J. Michael Veron
Mr. and Mrs. Burton D. Weaver, Jr.
Dr. and Mrs. K. Mark Weaver
Gary R. Wooley
Thomas and Juliet Youngblood
Zen-Noh Grain Corporation
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Zuschlag
† New Laureate Member
‡ Changed levels