Jesuit to Honor N.O. Businessman, Priest

October 27, 1996

New Orleans businessman and civic leader, Robert F. Talbot Jr., has been named the 1996 Jesuit High School Alumnus of the Year.

The award will be presented today by the Rev. Anthony McGinn during the school's Homecoming '96 ceremonies.

In addition, the Rev. Claude P. Boudreaux will be presented with the school's North American Martyrs Award. It is presented annually to a member of the Jesuit community who has long-served the school.

Talbot, president of Robert F. Talbot and Associates, Real Estate, is a 1955 graduate of Jesuit. He has attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., and Tulane University.

Active in numerous civic organizations, Talbot is a member of the Central Area Committee of the Chamber of Commerce, and of various committees of the Downtown Area District for the redevelopment of Canal Street, the Central Business District and the Warehouse District. He has served on the Board of Administrators of Charity Hospital of New Orleans.

Talbot has served in leadership positions at the Academy of the Sacred Heart and St. Rita's elementary school in New Orleans. At Jesuit High School, he has been class chairman for the Living Endowment Fund, class chairman for the Parents' Annual Giving Drive and president of the Blue Jay Athletic Club. He is a long-time member of the President's Advisory Council.

Boudreaux is a native of Houma and a graduate of St. Aloysius High School. He joined the Society of Jesus at Grand Coteau in 1943, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1955, in Kurseong, India, in the Himalayan mountains. He had served in various capacities in Sri Lanka until 1961, when he returned to the United States.

Boudreaux then taught at Jesuit High School in Shreveport, and Jesuit Prep in Dallas, before being assigned to the General Curia in Rome as regional secretary of the Society of Jesus. After returning to the United States in 1976, he joined the faculty at Jesuit High School in New Orleans to teach theology, and in 1982 began teaching the classical languages of Latin and Greek.

He is a member of the de La Salle Council of the Knights of Columbus, chaplain of the Marquette Council, chaplain of the Bienville Assembly Fourth Degree Knights and chaplain of the Pelaya Caravan of the Alhambrans.

Boudreaux has received numerous awards including Outstanding Educator in 1992, and Chaplain of Louisiana by the Knights of Columbus in 1993. In 1995, he was named Knight of the Year.


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