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Honoring Generosity

Roger H. Ogden Recipient of The Times-Picayune Loving Cup Award for 2016
Honoring Generosity

(Photo by Chris Granger, | The Times-Picayune)

New Orleans — In a formal ceremony held at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art on October 10, businessman and philanthropist Roger H. Ogden was awarded The Times-Picayune Loving Cup for 2016. The cup, which has been given since 1901, recognizes a local member of the community who has committed a lifetime to civic, social and cultural service.

At 71, Ogden has lived up to the spirit of this award through his extensive philanthropy for Louisiana. As a lawyer and real estate developer, Ogden has given back to his community with both his business acumen and civic generosity. In addition to giving $12 million to LSU’s Honors College to be named for his father and son, Ogden has served in a variety of capacities on the Clean City Committee, the Audubon Commission, the New Orleans Aviation Board, the New Orleans Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees and the LSU Board of Supervisors. A particularly significant example of his generosity can be found in the Ogden Museum of Southern Art itself, the establishment of which is based on the founding donation of over 600 works from Ogden’s personal collection.

Mark Lorando, Editor of The Times-Picayune and Vice-President of Content for, introduced Ogden at the ceremony, and Tim Williamson, President of the NOLA Media Group, presented Ogden with with cup. The Award Committee comprised of Flozell Daniels, Jr. of the Foundation for Louisiana, Deborah Augustine Elam of Corporate Playbook Consulting, H. Merritt Lane III of Canal Barge Company, Inc., Jennifer Medbery of Kickboard and Suzanne T. Mestayer of ThirtyNorth Investments, LLC.  

Dean Jonathan Earle of the LSU Ogden Honors College commented on how Ogden’s influence has extended across Louisiana as a whole.

“Roger Ogden’s addition to the illustrious New Orleanians who have won the Times Picayune Loving Cup makes perfect sense — but I was struck how Roger’s philanthropy goes beyond improving the Crescent City to making an impact on all of Louisiana,” Earle said. “We are truly privileged to have a naming donor who is so focused on the values of excellence, education and making our state a better place."

Larry Franceski, a lawyer with the firm Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, member of the LSU Ogden Honors College Advisory Council and LSU alumnus emphasized the prestige associated with receiving the award.

“The Times-Picayune Loving Cup is a big deal," Franceski said. "Walker Percy even wrote about it in The Moviegoer as on par with being King of Carnival or Queen of a Mardi Gras krewe. This may be one of the more well-deserved recognitions that I can remember."

The Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College is a vibrant, diverse and prestigious community located at the heart of LSU. The Ogden Honors College provides students with a curriculum of rigorous seminar classes, as well as opportunities for undergraduate research, culminating in the Honors Thesis. Its focus on community service, study abroad, internships and independent research helps today’s high-achieving students become tomorrow’s leaders.