In recognition of its 60th anniversary, the University of New Orleans will honor a select group of individuals who have had a profound effect on the University and the city of New Orleans by inducting them into the Hall of Distinction. The inductees will be celebrated at the Hall of Distinction black tie gala presented by Hancock Whitney at the NOPSI Hotel on Sept. 7, 2018.
“Inclusion in the Hall of Distinction reflects the respect and admiration held by the University of New Orleans for these individuals, both living and deceased,” said John Nicklow, President of the University of New Orleans. “These inductees have positively shaped our institution and the city to which we are inextricably linked. They serve as an inspiration to both our current and future students.”
The 2018 Hall of Distinction inductees are:
Stephen E. Ambrose (1936-2002): former University of New Orleans history professor, author, co-founder of The National WWII Museum
Tom (1927-2018) and Gayle Benson: owners of the New Orleans Saints, New Orleans Pelicans and GMB Racing Stables
Raymond J. Brandt: president and CEO of the Ray Brandt Automotive Group
Thomas Kitchen: former president and CEO of Stewart Enterprises, Inc., former president of Avondale Industries, Inc.
Robert W. Merrick: chairman and CEO of Latter & Blum, Inc.
James R. Moffett: chairman emeritus of Freeport-McMoRan, Inc.
Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller: president and CEO emeritus of The National WWII Museum, former University of New Orleans history professor and administrator, co-founder of The National WWII Museum
Gary N. Solomon Sr.: chairman and CEO of Crescent Bank & Trust
Patrick F. Taylor (1937-2004): president, chairman and CEO of Taylor Energy Co., creator of TOPS
Alexander P. Tureaud Sr. (1899-1972): civil rights activist, New Orleans attorney for NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
Inductees in the Hall of Distinction must demonstrate an outstanding record of achievement spanning his or her professional career, distinguished service to the community, sustained activities that show an exceptionally strong commitment to the University of New Orleans or the city of New Orleans, and the highest integrity. Honorees do not need to be alumni of the University.