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Loyola University New Orleans Names Recipient of 2002 Integritas Vitae Award

Loyola press release - November 7, 2002

(New Orleans)—The Honorable Corinne “Lindy” Claiborne Boggs, former Ambassador of the United States of America to the Holy See and U.S. Congresswoman, is this year’s recipient of the Integritas Vitae Award. Loyola University New Orleans bestows the Integritas Vitae Award, the university’s highest honor, to an individual who possesses a high moral character in a lifetime of unselfish service without expectation of material reward or public recognition. Recipients of this award have demonstrated courage of convictions and adherence to the principles of honesty, integrity, justice and preservation of human dignity throughout their lifetime. Mrs. Boggs will receive the award at the Benefactors Dinner scheduled for Thursday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m., in the Danna Center on the university’s campus.

Throughout her professional career, Mrs. Boggs has lived a life guided by the principles of the Jesuit tradition. It can be said that she has exhibited relentless energy, endless grace, and incalculable wisdom throughout her career. In announcing this year’s recipient of the Integritas Vitae Award, the Rev. Bernard P. Knoth, S.J., university president, said of Mrs. Boggs, “She is one of those rare individuals whom everyone genuinely likes and respects. She is unselfish with praise, possesses consummate negotiating skills and is able to work with a multitude of people who represent myriad interests. I admire her personal integrity, seasoned toughness and deep faith.”

Mrs. Boggs is a graduate of Sophie Newcomb College at Tulane University. The first woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana, she served nine terms before retiring in 1990. She succeeded her husband, House Majority Leader Hale Boggs, by special election in March 1973, after the plane carrying him disappeared over Alaska in October 1972.

As a member of Congress, Mrs. Boggs served on the Appropriations Committee. She was also on the Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families where she chaired the Crisis Intervention Task Force. She spearheaded legislation on issues ranging from civil rights to credit access and government service pay equity for women. She has a special interest in scientific research and technology development, and housing issues. The Lindy Claiborne Boggs Center for Energy and Biotechnology was dedicated in 1988 at Tulane University.

In 1976, Mrs. Boggs was the first woman to chair the National Democratic Convention. She was also the first woman to serve as a Regent of the Smithsonian Institution. She presided over the Bicentennial of the American Constitution in 1987 and chaired the commission commemorating the 200th Anniversary of Congress.

Mrs. Boggs has long been associated with Loyola and has supported the university’s mission in a number of ways. Loyola is honored to have on its campus one of seven facilities in the state named in her honor. In 1999, Loyola dedicated the Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy in her honor. The mission of the center is to enrich the lives of persons on public assistance by helping them achieve their full potential through literacy and contribute to a work force that will ensure a strong national economy. Most recently, in April 2002, Mrs. Boggs was the focal point of the inaugural program for the Center for the Study of Catholics in the South. The program, “A Southern Catholic Woman: Life in Politics and International Affairs,” featured Mrs. Boggs in an interview-style program with WWL-TV’s Angela Hill in which Mrs. Boggs recounted her life in politics and international affairs. The program aired on C-Span.

Mrs. Boggs is a member of the Military and Hospitalier Order of St. Lazarus and the Order of Malta, the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre and the Constantinian Order of St. George, the Colonial Dames, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the National Foundation of the National Archives, the Stennis Center and many other distinguished organizations.

Mrs. Boggs’ honors include the first American Veterans Auxiliary National Humanitarian Award, the Eleanor Roosevelt Centennial Award, the National Science Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award, the first annual International Women’s Forum Award and the Louisiana Library Association’s Literary Award for her book, Washington Through a Purple Veil.

She holds honorary degrees from 33 institutions, including Tulane University (Louisiana), Loyola University New Orleans, Trinity College (District of Columbia), St. Mary of the Woods College (Indiana), St. Thomas University (Texas), St. Thomas Aquinas College (New York), Notre Dame University (Indiana), Georgetown Law Center (District of Columbia) and Xavier University (Louisiana).

Past Integritas Vitae recipients include: Moon Landrieu, 2001; Rita Huntsinger, 2000; Phil Johnson, 1999; Sunny Norman, 1998; Ronald W. Busuttil, M.D., 1997; Elizabeth Valker Lauricella and Frank B. Stewart, Jr., 1996; Adelaide Wisdom Benjamin, 1994; John F. Bricker, 1993; Rosa Freeman Keller, 1992; Frank Purvis, 1991; Dr. Jack A. Andonie, 1990; Robert L. Howard, 1989; James R. Moffett, 1988; Monsignor Roger P. Morin, 1987; Dr. Norman C. Francis, 1986; Sr. Anthony Barczykowski, D.C., 1985; Mother Teresa of Calcutta, 1984; Verna Satterlee Landrieu, 1984; Mrs. Martin O. Miller, 1983; Francis C. Doyle, 1982; Alden J. Laborde, 1981; Margaret Lauer, 1980; Sr. Mary David Stier, O.P., 1979; Alton Ochsner, 1978; and Archbishop Philip M. Hannan, 1977.