John 'Jack' Dardis named Adjutor Hominum award recipient
Loyola press release - April 2, 2012
Each year, the association recognizes an outstanding graduate whose life demonstrates the values and philosophy of a Jesuit education—namely moral character, service to humanity and unquestionable integrity. The Adjutor Hominum Award was presented to Dardis on April 15 at the annual Alumni Association Jazz Brunch in the Danna Student Center’s St. Charles Room. For ticket information, call Lisa Adams at 504-861-5447 or visit http://www.alumni.loyno.edu/alumniwknd12.
“When I see the list of past winners, it is a bit overwhelming to be included in that group. Twenty-five years ago, my wife's father, for whom I have the utmost respect, received this award –what a great honor to be perceived in any way like him,” Dardis said.
Dardis graduated from Loyola in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is the chairman and owner of Dardis, Couvillon and Associates, a branch of Next Financial Group, Inc.
While attending Loyola, Dardis was student council president and a member of Alpha Omicron service fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity and sodality president. He received the Charles H. Bailey Award for Outstanding Male Leader on Campus, the Alpha Pi Omicron Award for Service to the University, the Dean’s Award from the College of Business and the Chicago Tribune Award, among others. He has spent many years supporting Wolfpack athletics and the Business Administration Program.
Dardis served in the U.S. Army from 1963 – 67. While on duty in Vietnam, he accepted the assignment as the liaison officer for a mission club project in an orphanage and school for blind girls.
Within New Orleans, Dardis is president of the board of the Catholic Foundation and serves on a number of other boards, including the Archdiocese of New Orleans Investment Committee, Jesuit High School, Dominican High School, Legatus of New Orleans, Closer Walk Ministries, Christopher Holmes, Inc., Sugar Bowl, Sierra Club, Christian Health Ministries and Manresa House. For his service to the community, Dardis has received the Order of St. Louis Medallion, East Jefferson General Hospital’s Auxiliary “Great Gentleman Award,” Pro Ecclessian et Pontifice, Outstanding Local President Award from the Louisiana Jaycees, the Kendal Crum Award for Outstanding Jaycees, St. Elizabeth’s Guild Top Ten Activists Award, Alumnus of the Year from Jesuit High School and the Homines Pro Allis Award from Manresa Retreat House.
As a volunteer for Loyola, Dardis has served as a member of the President’s Council, a trustee-member of the Endowment and Finance Committee and chairman of the Endowment Committee. He taught for two years in the College of Business, headed the Loyola MBA Program from 1978 – 79 and was selected as “Alumnus of the Year” in 1991 by the College of Business.
Dardis lives with his wife and Loyola alumna, Anne ’67. They have 10 children and 24 grandchildren.