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Loyola University New Orleans Presents 2016 Integritas Vitae Award

Loyola press release - November 22, 2016

High honor goes to community activist, philanthropist and campaign chair Anne B. Gauthier

Loyola University New Orleans presents one of its highest honors next week to Anne Gauthier, a tireless supporter of the university and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. The 2016 Integritas Vitae Award will be presented at the 1912 Society Dinner, one of the year’s biggest social events held by Loyola. Guests will enjoy Christmas photos in the hotel lobby’s spectacular Winter Wonderland display, a performance by internationally acclaimed violinist and Loyola Artist-in-Residence Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and other fun new to the annual event.

This year’s event, which includes a cocktail hour, formal dinner, and dessert reception runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel, 123 Roosevelt Way. Tickets may be purchased here.

The Integritas Vitae Award is presented annually to an individual who exemplifies the qualities Loyola seeks to instill in its students, such as high moral character and a commitment to selfless service done without expecting rewards or public recognition. The award also recognizes honesty, integrity, justice, and the preservation of human dignity. The 1912 Society Dinner traditionally honors the year’s Integritas Vitae Award recipient, as well as new inductees into the Society of St. Ignatius.

“At Loyola University New Orleans, we educate our students to be ‘men and women for others,’ placing emphasis on critical thinking, acting justly, and finding God in all things,” said Loyola president Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J. “The Integritas Vitae Award recognizes individuals who of strong moral character who for years have espoused our Jesuit ideals and shined a light through their good works and selfless service. We are pleased this year to honor Anne Gauthier, who has done so much to support the people and organizations of our region, including Loyola.”

Metairie resident Anne Barrios Gauthier, a local community activist and philanthropist, serves as a trustee of the Wendell & Anne Gauthier Family Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to supporting the areas of music and visual arts, as well as Catholic education. Anne Gauthier created the foundation in memory of her late husband, Wendell Gauthier, a 1970 graduate of the Loyola College of Law, who is remembered as one of the nation's most creative and effective personal injury lawyers. Anne Gauthier is a past member of the Loyola University New Orleans Board of Trustees and current chair of the university’s ongoing Faith in the Future campaign.

A past president of the Cancer Crusaders of New Orleans, Gauthier is president of the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans (MASN) and loves hosting finalists for the MASNO’s International Piano Competition held biannually at Loyola. She is an active volunteer, past regional ambassador, past president and arts trip chair of the New Orleans Museum of Art’s Volunteer Committee and has served as a docent at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. She has been involved with the Jefferson Parish beautification project, Parkway Promenade, and is active with the Preservation Resource Center.

Through her foundation, Gauthier has also volunteered for and championed many organizations and causes, including the Jefferson Society of Performing Arts and the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center. Anne Gauthier and her three daughters were selected by the Association of Fundraising Professionals New Orleans Chapter as “Outstanding Philanthropist” in 2006.

“She is truly an example of a local leader who demonstrates the values and philosophy of a Jesuit education — namely moral character, service to others, and unquestionable integrity,” said her daughter Celeste Gauthier, a Loyola law graduate who carries on her father’s legacy by working at the Gauthier, Houghtaling, and Williams firm, in Metairie.

“Her activism and leadership are public actions showing her moral character; her belief in the Jesuit philosophy is present in her daily activities as she simply shows grace and kindness throughout each day,” agreed Cherie Gauthier. “Seen in her simplest acts, these constant traits quietly demonstrate the moral compass that guides her life.”

Anne and Wendell Gauthier both earned undergraduate degrees in education from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now University of Louisiana Lafayette. They taught in the New Orleans and Jefferson parish school systems, while Wendell attended Loyola’s law college in the evenings. The couple’s deep affiliation and belief in the value of Loyola can be seen and heard in a video entitled “A Loyal Loyola Supporter.”

The Wendell & Anne Gauthier Family Foundation has provided generous donations to Loyola University New Orleans, especially the College of Law, which in 2007 received a four-story new building funded by Anne Gauthier and the foundation. The largest law gift ever received from an individual by Loyola, the Wendell H. and Anne B. Gauthier Wing is home to the law school’s two moot court rooms, law library, administrative offices, computer lounges, and classrooms, and serves as a hub for Loyola law students, staff and faculty.

Anne Gauthier also established the law school’s Peter J. Castano Endowed Scholarship and the Wendell Gauthier-Michael St. Martin Chair in Environmental Law. Recently, through the foundation, she has also helped to advance music and visual arts education through her support of the university’s acclaimed College of Music and Fine Arts.