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Four Louisiana College alumni have been selected to receive the Louisiana College Distinguished Alumni Award during LC’s annual Homecoming Celebration October 18-20, according to Byron McGee, director of alumni.

The four recipients are: Dr. Larry Fields, J.T. Rougeou, Julia McClendon Law, and the late Lucille Davis Walker.

Recipients are chosen by the Alumni Association Executive Committee at their fall meeting. Those honored are selected according to the following standards: 1) a graduate of LC, 2) of good character, 3) respected and honored by peers and associates, 4) made significant contributions to profession, church and community, and 5) loyal to Louisiana College.

Dr. Larry W. Fields is senior pastor of the Central Baptist Church of Bearden in Knoxville, Tenn. He has been with the 4,000-member church since 1986. He was recently awarded a $23,750 grant from the Lilly Endowment for a three month sabbatical. The sabbatical will include study at Regent’s Park College at Oxford University in England.

He is active with several community and civic organizations in Knoxville and was once recognized as "Pastor of the Year" by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The great-nephew of the late Dr. Edgar Godbold, former president of Louisiana College, Fields is married to the former Sandy Walker of Waterproof. The two have two sons, Michael Fields, M.D., and John Fields.

J.T. Rougeou embarked upon his business career after a term of service in the military. Beginning his tenure with Equifax, Inc., in 1961, he retired from the company in 1998 after completing 37 years of service. Throughout his career with Equifax, he held a variety of positions, including president and CEO.

He is active in community and industry organizations including the Executive Board of the International Credit Association and the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. Rougeou is married to the former Annette Boone of Woodworth, and the two have two daughters and four grandchildren.

Julia McClendon Law is well known for her work with the Baton Rouge Center for Visual and Performing Arts. Awarded the National School of Distinction Award by the John F. Kennedy Center, the school was the only elementary school given the honor of being invited to perform at the Kennedy Center.

Her creativity, desire for excellence and hard work have guided the school from its inception. She is married to Lawrence Law, and they have three children, David, Byron, and Sharon, and four grandchildren.

The late Lucille Davis Walker was a dedicated teacher of high school English and literature for 37 years. After her retirement from teaching, she began a second career as the director of the retired senior volunteer program in Rapides Parish.

Walker was a lifetime pianist who enjoyed using her musical talents for the enjoyments of others. She led a life devoted to the service of others. She was married to Charles Gilbert Walker (now deceased) and had two children, Charles Walker and Frances Dowdy. She is also survived by three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

McGee says, "We couldn’t have asked for a group that better exemplifies the standards established for this award. These are people who made the most of their education and who have been supporters of their alma mater. We are proud to recognize these alumni."

The award recipients will be presented to the Louisiana College student body October 18, 2001 at 10:50 a.m. in the weekly chapel service in Guinn Auditorium. The recipients will also be honored during the Annual Alumni Luncheon October 20 at 11 a.m. in the Hixson Student Center. Each recipient will have the opportunity to share a few words with their audiences during both events.

For more information about the Louisiana College Distinguished Alumni award, contact:

Ms. Luana Cunningham
Coordinator of Alumni and Foundation Relations
Telephone: (318) 487-7301