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Loyola University New Orleans announces four new Board of Trustees members

Loyola press release - October 11, 1999

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans announces the selection of three new members to its Board of Trustees and one returning member. They are JoAnn Busuttil, an art docent with the Los Angeles Museum of Art; Donna Fraiche, a partner with Locke, Liddell and Sapp LLP; Theodore (Ted) Frois, general counsel to Exxon Company U.S.A.; and Rose-Marie Toussaint, M.D., F.A.C.S., founder of the National Transplant Foundation in Maryland.

Busuttil is currently pursuing a master’s degree in art history at California State University. An avid art collector, she has been an art docent at the Los Angeles County Museum for eight years. She received a bachelor’s degree in science from St. Mary’s Dominican College in 1967 and attended graduate school at Loyola University New Orleans in the early ’70s. She later taught biology at Grace King and Riverdale high schools in New Orleans. Busuttil resides in Los Angeles.

Fraiche returns to the board after serving two terms from 1991-98. She is a partner in the law firm of Locke, Liddell and Sapp LLP and is one of the leading health care legal specialists in the state and considered nationally an expert in the field. Fraiche received her juris doctor from Loyola School of Law in 1975. She serves as president of the American Health Lawyers Association and chairs the Louisiana Health Care Commission. She is a member of the Louisiana, the District of Columbia, the Federal, and the American bar associations. Fraiche is an active civic leader serving on numerous boards including the board of directors of the World Trade Center of New Orleans, the New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Magnolia School. In 1996, Fraiche received the Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Leadership Award for Outstanding Business, Medical and Civic Contributions.

Frois, a native New Orleanian, is a 1969 graduate of the Loyola School of Law. Frois practiced law at Kierr and Gainsburgh in New Orleans before joining Exxon in 1970 where he specialized in exploration and production legal matters. In 1995, he was appointed general counsel. He is a member of the Louisiana and Texas state bars as well as the American Bar Association, the International Association of Defense Counsel, and the Houston Bar Association. Frois is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee of the Loyola School of Law. Also, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Lawyers for Civil Justice and the Petroleum Club. He also is vice chair of the Advisory Board of The Southwestern Legal Foundation’s Oil and Gas Education Center. He resides in Houston.

Toussaint is a nationally recognized surgeon. She is one of a handful of women in the United States who specializes in liver and kidney transplants. She received a bachelor of science degree from Loyola in 1974 and an M.D. from Howard University in 1979. She completed her residency at Howard University School of Medicine and a clinical fellowship from the Department of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and a visiting fellowship in the Department of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin. Toussaint and her family immigrated to America from her native Haiti when she was 13. In 1998, she wrote her autobiography, Never Question the Miracle: A Surgeon’s Story, which chronicles her inspiring academic and spiritual journey. She has served as a surgeon and assistant professor of surgery at Howard University. Currently, she is developing a Washington, D.C.–based national transplant foundation to increase the number of organ donations, particularly among African-Americans, and to provide community education and support for organ donations.