Wednesday, August 20, 2014

2005 Louisiana Legends Honorees »»»

Kix Brooks Kix Brooks

Shreveport native Kix Brooks and his partner Ronnie Dunn have sold more than 22 million albums and scored 18 No. 1 hits since they joined forces in the early 1990s. The duo have also been named Entertainers of the Year by the Country Music Association three times, received CMA Vocal Duo of the Year 11 times along with two Grammys and seven Academy of Country Music Awards for Top Vocal Duet.

Paul Dietzel Paul Dietzel

Former LSU football coach and athletic director Paul Dietzel led LSU to the national title in 1958 and barely missed winning a second title in 1959. His 46 victories coaching the Tigers places him third on the LSU list. He later coached at Army and South Carolina before returning as Athletic Director at LSU from 1978-82.

Sue Gunter Sue Gunter

A 2004 inductee into the Naismith National Basketball Hall of Fame, former LSU Women’s Basketball Coach Sue Gunter racked up a total of 708 wins during her illustrious career at Stephen F. Austin, Middle Tennessee State and LSU. That included a 442-221 record as coach at LSU. Gunter retired after last season because of health problems. A 2000 inductee into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, Sue was recently named to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

Roy O. Martin, Jr. Roy O. Martin, Jr.

Roy O. Martin, Jr. of Alexandria is the former president and CEO of Roy O. Martin Lumber Management. He supports many Central Louisiana causes including the USO and the Salvation Army and has received numerous awards for his philanthropy.

Wm. Clifford Smith Wm. Clifford Smith

A native of New Orleans, Wm. Clifford Smith is Chairman of the Board of the engineering firm of T. Baker Smith and Company located in Houma. In addition to making major contributions to Nicholls State University, Smith also serves on the State Board of Regents, the Board of Directors for the Entergy Corporation, Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce, Terrebonne Historical and Cultural Society, and Mississippi River Commission.

Andrew Young Andrew Young

A New Orleans native, Andrew Young was one of the major forces in the Civil Rights Movement working with the Reverend Martin Luther King. After serving three terms as a Congressman from Georgia, he was appointed U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. by President Jimmy Carter in 1976. He later served two terms as the mayor of Atlanta.

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