The University of
For each of the past twenty-six years, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's College of Education has honored one or more persons as an Outstanding Alumnus of the College. This tribute for those graduating from the Class of 1976 was paid on the evening of April 19, 2001 at the Petroleum Club of Lafayette, Louisiana.
Three graduates from the Class of 1976 were selected as Outstanding Alumni. They were Air Force Colonel Mark J. Nichols, Mona Milliman Hebert, and Gary. The awards were presented by Dean Cindi Chance of UL's College of Education.
When Gary was asked to say a few words to the banquet crowd he thanked his brother Richard (Black), and his wife Laura for their love and support--making his college education possible. He also regaled the audience with hilarious stories of what it was like to live in UL's dorms in the 1970s. His college roommate, Carl David of Church Point, and his wife Jeanette, were special guests for the evening. "At one time or another Carl and I lived in almost all of USL's men's dorms. He is as responsible for my college education as anyone. We lived together in a room smaller than the master bath of my house, and we never got into an argument even though he swept the room only once in three years. We learned how to learn in the classrooms of Griffin and Doucet Halls, and in the dorm rooms of McCulloch, Stokes and an "Animal House" that started with a "V" but I can't remember its name."
(Pictured above are Laura and Gary Lavergne and Carl and Jeanette David.)