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McNeese Confers Two Honorary Doctorates

McNeese Confers Two Honorary Doctorates

Honorary graduates(May 17, 2014) During the 142nd commencement ceremony, McNeese State University conferred honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees to Louie D. "Beau" Barbe III and C. Wade Shaddock Jr.
           
Barbe and Shaddock serve as co-trustees of the H.C. Drew Estate, and under their direction, McNeese has received millions of dollars for academic scholarships, academic support and equipment, economic development efforts and the new health and human performance educational complex.
             
"This is the highest honor that the university can bestow upon an individual," said Dr. Philip Williams, McNeese president.
        
Barbe has served as trustee since 1991 and Shaddock became a trustee in 1993. "Both of these men are dedicated to continuing the legacy and mission of H.C. Drew to provide funding for education and economic development in Southwest Louisiana. They are successful businessmen, civic leaders and ardent supporters of McNeese and the university's position as an economic engine for this region," Williams said.
        
In announcing the awards, McNeese Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Dr. Jeanne Daboval, said, "Mr. Barbe is a businessman, agriculturalist and entrepreneur. He serves as manager of the Charvais Company, LLC, named for his great-great-grandfather, with holdings and investments in real estate, oil and gas exploration, and farmland.  He is also continuing his family's legacy of philanthropy and community service in Southwest Louisiana through his work at the H.C. Drew Estate and his personal contributions to multiple organizations including McNeese State University."
           
Barbe has established several scholarships at McNeese including the Louie D. Barbe Jr. Scholarship in Engineering, the Alfred M. Barbe II Scholarship in Agriculture, the Constance Ellen Barbe Scholarship in Nursing, the Jane B. Barbe Scholarship in Nutrition and Family Studies and the Dr. Don Paul Barbe Pre-Medicine Scholarship. He also established the Louie D. Barbe Endowed Professorship in Agriculture.
             
"He believes strongly in education," Daboval said, "and he is a champion for the Harold and Pearl Dripps Department of Agricultural Sciences at McNeese and serves as a mentor to both students and faculty."
           
Barbe is active in the local agricultural community and is an advocate for young farmers throughout Southwest Louisiana. His interest in coupling conservation and agriculture has led to the integration of new and improved waterfowl habitats on many agricultural fields throughout Southwest Louisiana.
           
He is the past vice chairman of the Mermentau Vermilion River Basin Association and currently serves as vice chairman of the Gulf Coast Soil and Water Conservation District. He is a council member for the Imperial Calcasieu Resource Conservation and Development Council.  He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural sciences from McNeese where he was selected for membership in Delta Tau Alpha, the national agriculture honor society.
 
Shaddock, a retired Army colonel, enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1952 and received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He was commissioned in 1957 as a 2nd Lieutenant. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and holds a master's degree in political science and international relations from the University of Kansas. 
           
During his 26 years of service, he held command and staff positions in various postings around the world that include the Pentagon and two combat tours in Vietnam. He was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division, an Army Ranger, and wears a Combat Infantryman's Badge. Col. Shaddock was also the recipient of various awards and decorations for valor and meritorious service.
           
Prior to his retirement from the U.S. Army, Col. Shaddock returned to Lake Charles and served from 1976-1979 as the professor of military science at McNeese.
           
He entered the private business sector and was a senior vice president at Powell Lumber Company for 13 years before being named a trustee of the H.C. Drew Estate in 1993.
           
In 2013 he received the first Southwest Louisiana Chamber-Economic Development Alliance Meritorious Service Award for his continued support of the U.S. military and for helping to foster a partnership between McNeese and Fort Polk. He has also been honored with appointments to the Governor's Military Advisory Board, the Louisiana State Board of Commerce and Industry and the Lake Charles Fire and Police Civil Service Board.
           
He has served as president of the Kiwanis Club of Lake Charles and the McNeese Quarterback Club and served two consecutive four-year terms as a commissioner on the Lake Charles Port Board, including one term as president.
           
He has also served on the boards of the Salvation Army, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, Louisiana Nature Conservancy, Coastal Conservation Association and the Boy Scout God and Country Committee. He currently is the president of the Port Short Line Railroad.
           
During Barbe and Shaddock's tenure as H.C. Drew Estate trustees, scholarship assistance has been provided to more than 3,000 McNeese students.  In 2000, they directed $5.75 million to McNeese from the Drew Estate Endowment for programs related to economic development in Southwest Louisiana and to recruit and graduate students from programs that support business and industry. In 2014, they authorized a gift of $4.3 million including $4 million dedicated to the future growth of McNeese and the new Health and Human Performance Educational Complex.