Natchitoches resident Thomas Whitehead among Louisiana Legend honorees


For more than 30 years, Friends of LPB has honored Louisiana’s best and brightest as Louisiana Legends and this year a Natchitoches man is among the honorees. They have distinguished themselves in fields as diverse as philanthropy, science, sports, environmental conservation, and the humanities.

This article published in the Oct. 23, 2021, print edition

The 2022 Louisiana Legends honorees are: Arthur Favre, CEO and Founder of Performance Contractors, and philanthropist making extraordinary impacts to health care, medical research, and education; Dr. Saundra McGuire, retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry at LSU and recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring; Dr. Stephen McGuire, James and Ruth Smith Endowed Emeritus Professor of Physics at Southern University and A&M College and Southern University’s Principal Investigator to the LIGO Scientific Collaboration awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics; Coach Paul Mainieri, retired LSU Head Baseball Coach who led the Tigers to the 2009 National Championship; Valsin Marmillion, Founder of Marmillion & Company, former Managing Director of America’s WETLAND Foundation; and Thomas Whitehead, expert and preservationist for the Clementine Hunter Collection.

They join a prestigious list of 149 past Louisiana Legends that includes Academy and Grammy Award winners, star athletes, Pulitzer Prize winners, esteemed dignitaries, including the current United States Ambassador to the United Nations.

This year’s gala and auction, which is a fundraiser for Friends of LPB, will be Thursday, April 28, 2022 at Louisiana’s Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge. The Louisiana Legends Gala will feature a sit-down dinner, a silent auction featuring items donated by the honorees, music, and a live awards ceremony.

Begun in 1990, the Louisiana Legends Gala is a fundraising and public awareness project that draws support and participation across the state from citizens who value the many fine instructional, educational and cultural programs LPB provides.  For more information on the gala, contact Terri A. Crockett at 800-272-8161 ext. 4464 or 225-767-4464 in the Baton Rouge area or send an email to or visit