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Donald R. Toso, D.D.S. ’66, New Orleans, La., was named this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Service Award that was presented during the 133rd House of Delegates of the Louisiana Dental Association (LDA) on March 9, 2013, at the Shreveport Convention Center. The Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor bestowed by the LDA and is presented annually to individual members who exemplify the highest standards of professional conduct in dentistry and make extraordinary contributions in organized dentistry and their community.
The Hon. C. Emile “Peppi” Bruneau ’64 (social sciences), J.D. ’66, New Orleans, La., former state representative, was appointed to the Louisiana Board of Ethics. He was first elected to the Louisiana House in 1975 and served eight terms thereafter. He served on the House committee dealing with state ethics laws his entire tenure and was Republican for most of his legislative career.
Joseph A. Taranto ’60, J.D. ’65, Joseph A. Taranto ’60 (secondary education), J.D. ’65, received the Order of St. Louis Award from Archbishop Gregory Aymond in recognition of his service to Immaculate Conception Parish in New Orleans.
Charlie Young ’64 (journalism), was named to Family Service of Greater New Orleans’ list of the city’s most outstanding individuals who gave of their time to support local, nonprofit causes during the past year.
Albert S. Pappalardo ’64 (business), CRE®, president, Pappalardo Consultants, Inc., New Orleans, La., was awarded the 2012 James D. Landauer/John R. White Award by The Counselors of Real Estate® in recognition of his outstanding professionalism and commitment to service both within the real estate industry and the world at large. The honor recognizes Albert’s 46-year record of achievement as a real estate professional, philanthropist, and community leader.
Donald Jansen ’61, J.D. ’63, Donald Jansen ’61 (business administration), J.D. ’63, received the National Eagle Scout Association Outstanding Eagle Scout Award in May in Houston. It is awarded to Eagle Scouts for a lifetime of service to their profession, state, and community. Jansen is chief tax counsel at the University of Texas System and is a director of the American Women Writers National Museum in Washington, D.C., which was founded by his wife, Janice Law.
Carol Hall ’63, Carol Hall ’63 (medical technology) was named a 2013 Woman of Fashion and will be honored at the 42nd Annual Prix d’Elegance Luncheon at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside on April 15. The Men and Women of Fashion designation honors those who exemplify unique personal style as well as excellence through business, civic, and charitable endeavors that improve the communities in which they live.
John J. “Jack” Dardis, Sr. ’63 (business administration), New Orleans, La., chairman and owner of Dardis, Couvillon, and Associates, was named to New Orleans CityBusiness’ Money Makers Class of 2012, which recognizes the area’s leading fiscal professionals based on their professional and community achievements.
The Hon. Sol Gothard, J.D. ’62, M.S.W., A.C.S.W., Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, State of Louisiana (ret.), Metairie, La., was presented, as first recipient, the Sol Gothard Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Organization of Forensic Social Work (NOFSW). The award will be given through the years to someone whose lifetime of service as a social worker epitomizes the objectives of the NOFSW, and the advancement of the practice and education in forensic social work.
Arthur Schmitt ’61 (physical education), Terrytown, La., was added to the New Orleans Prep Sports Hall of Fame, hosted by Ye Olde College Inn Restaurant. He dedicated a lifetime of service to Redemptorist and the School Sisters of Notre Dame who ran the school. He was a standout athlete, a longtime basketball coach, and later became the principal at Redeemer and principal and president at Redeemer-Seton until the school closed in 2005.
Sr. Carla Dolce ’60 (education), O.S.U., New Orleans, La., during her 56-year career as an Ursuline nun, has worked with ecumenical groups in the Parkchester neighborhood and as a classroom teacher, principal, and president of Ursuline schools in St. Louis, Dallas, Houston, Springfield, and Alton, Ill. She has worked on mission teams with Jesuits and Dominicans. In her current job as prioress of the New Orleans Ursuline nuns, she has taken on the task to make ready the National Votive Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, next door to the convent on State Street, for the 2015 bicentennial celebration of the Battle of New Orleans. (ShrineOfOurLadyOfPromptSuccor.com)
Joan Coulter ’60 (sociology), New Orleans, La., was named to Family Service of Greater New Orleans’ list of the city’s most outstanding individuals who gave of their time to support local, nonprofit causes during the past year.
Claire Ferrier Stahel ’58, Claire Ferrier Stahel ’58 (business) is the Junior League of New Orleans’ 2014 Sustainer of the Year for her volunteer efforts with City Park, the board of Communities in Schools, the New Orleans Opera, Friends of the Cabildo, and the New Orleans Symphony.
Peter Finney ’49 (journalism), New Orleans, La., longtime Times-Picayune sports writer and columnist and this year’s recipient of the Joe Gemelli Fleur De Lis Award, will be a 2013 inductee into the Saints Hall of Fame. In January, he won the A.J. Liebling Award for Outstanding Boxing Writing presented by the Boxing Writers Association of America. He also received the Dick McCann Memorial Award, the highest award presented by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in 2010. He was inducted into the U.S. Basketball Writers Hall of Fame in 2012, and is also enshrined in the New Orleans Sugar Bowl Hall of Fame, Louisiana Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame, LSU School of Journalism Hall of Fame, and the Loyola Wolf Pack Hall of Fame.
Louis “Lou” Brownson ’40 (physical education), New Orleans, La., was added to the New Orleans Prep Sports Hall of Fame, hosted by Ye Olde College Inn Restaurant. Between 1942 and 1956, he coached all four major sports at Holy Cross to eight state championships. He also began the school’s wrestling program.