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University photographer awarded President's Medal during convocation

Loyola press release - August 30, 2010

Harold Baquet, Loyola University New Orleans photographer of 21 years, was honored for his dedication and service to the campus community on Monday, August 23rd, during the Fall 2010 President’s Convocation for faculty and staff. Baquet was awarded the President’s Medal, one of the university’s highest honors, by President Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D.

“Harold’s work and artistry are a great example to the university,” said Wildes. “He has helped to chronicle our life and the life of the city in the midst of important personal challenges.”

Baquet has been telling the university’s story through pictures since 1989, chronicling everything from the arrival of new classes and academic programs, to building dedications, to the damage and recovery of the campus following Hurricane Katrina. Baquet, whose family has been entrenched in New Orleans for generations, also regularly depicts the lifestyle of the city in his photos, showcasing what it means to live in one of the nation’s most unique cities. He is widely known among the New Orleans photography community and his work has been seen in galleries across the city and in several local and national publications. Baquet’s work has also been the subject of many presentations and lectures at Loyola.

Recently, Baquet has faced major personal challenges, both the closing of his longtime church and a diagnosis of cancer. However, his commitment to the university, even in the face of these hurdles, has been unwavering. Throughout his medical treatments and the controversy of the closing of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Baquet has continued to work for the university.

“Working at Loyola has been like working with family. We possess a very active understanding of Ignatian social justice that affects all aspects of our work, both here on campus and in the surrounding community,” said Baquet. “One of the brilliant insights of Ignatian culture is that small Christ-centered communities can lead to larger ones and those larger ones, like ours, can change the world.”