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November 8, 2002

Loyola selects Lindy Boggs Integritas Vitae Award recipient

The Hon. 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 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. Ambassador Boggs will receive the award at the Benefactors Dinner scheduled for Thursday, November 14.

Throughout her professional career, Boggs has lived a life guided by the principles of the Jesuit tradition. She was born in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. She 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, 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, 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.

Boggs has long been associated with Loyola and has supported the university's mission. In 1999, the Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy was dedicated at Loyola. 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. In April 2002, 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 Boggs in an interview-style program with WWL-TV's Angela Hill in which Boggs recounted her life in politics and international affairs.

Boggs is a member of the Military and Hospitalier Order of St. Lazarus and the Order of Malta, the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, 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.

The former ambassador's 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, 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 of Louisiana.

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