Thursday, October 23, 2014

2004 Louisiana Legends Honorees »»»

Sherian Cadoria Sherian Cadoria

Sherian Cadoria was promoted to Brigadier General in 1985, and became the highest-ranking black woman in the Women's Army Corps at that time. BG Cadoria was born in Marksville, Louisiana, and is a graduate of Southern University A&M College, earning a BS Degree in Business Education.She also earned an MA in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma. She has been asked where the name "Cadoria" came from: "It's a Spanish derivative," she explains. "My ancestral background is mixed with Indian, Mexican, black, white, and Spanish; just like so many of us are mixed. But I'm black." Cadoria entered the Army in 1961, a direct commission as a First Lieutenant, Women's Army Corps. During her 29 years of service, she served in a variety of positions until her retirement November 30, 1990. BG Cadoria's decorations and awards include: The Defense Superior Service Medal; Distinguished Service Medal; Bronze Star (with two Oak Leaf Clusters); Meritorious Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster); Air Medal; Army Commendation Medal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters); and Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge.

James Davison James Davison

James Davison was born on September 21, 1937 to Paul and Evelyn Davison. With an inquiring mind he soon made his mark on the Ruston Community. He attended Louisiana Tech University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1959. He is founder and chairman of Davison Transport, Inc., founder and chairman of the board of Davison Petroleum Products LLC, founder and 100 percent owner of Davison Terminal Services Inc. and the developer of Squire Creek Golf and Country Club. Davison has accomplished much in his 67 years but with his good intentions there is no limit to what this Lincoln Parish Legend can continue to do.

Robert Harling Robert Harling

Robert Harling often bases his plays and screenplays on his past personal experiences. He originally studied to become a lawyer, but shortly before graduating from the Tulane University School of Law, he decided that acting was the better profession and never took his bar exam. He lived in New York for several years, acting and working as a voiceover artist before penning the script for what remains his most famous work, Steel Magnolias, which he adapted, in 1989, into a popular film starring Shirley MacLaine, Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, and Sally Field. The story behind Harling's second screenwriting effort, Soapdish (1991), came from his personal experience as an actor. He made his directorial debut with his adaptation of novelist Larry McMurty's The Evening Star (1997), which in turn was a sequel to the popular melodrama Terms of Endearment (1983).

Ron Zappe Ron Zappe

Ron Zappe graduated from Texas A&M in l966 with a degree in Industrial Engineering. In 1970, after four years as a Sales Engineer with the Ingersoll-Rand Company, Ron started his first company in the petro-chemical and offshore equipment sales business. By 1980, this firm had grown to seven companies but with the declining energy activities, all firms except one were closed in 1983. Ron started Zapp’s Potato Chips in 1985 and the “Little Chippery in Gramercy” is now the number two selling snack food in Texas and Louisiana with additional markets in the southeastern U. S. Zapp’s has won the “Golden Mummy” award for the outstanding package design from the Snack Food Association, the S.B.S. ‘s “Innovation” award, the Louisiana Department of Commerce “Lantern Award” for contributions to the states economy and commerce, and U.N.O.’s Louisiana Entrepreneur of the year award among others.

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