ALBERT PIERRE “PETE” OLIVIER
Albert Pierre “Pete” Olivier (E. D. White Class of 1968) has been named a 2016 selection for induction into the E.D. White Catholic High Cardinal Greats. Olivier’s outstanding high school career as a student athlete at both Thibodaux College and E. D. White Catholic High School and his continual commitment to his Alma Mater through his support and development of our athletic teams are the reasons for his selection.
Olivier was a two-year letterman in football and punt/kickoff returner on the 1967 state semi-finalist team, earning all-district honors as a split end. Pierre participated in track at a young age at Thibodaux College, ending his career as a three-year letterman at E.D. White. He broke the school record and became a state champion in the 880-yard run. He enjoyed participating in other running events, particularly anchoring the mile relay for three years. In addition to his involvement in sports, Pierre was a band member and participant in other school activities.
After graduating as valedictorian, Pierre attended Nicholls State College before transferring to Tulane University where he obtained his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering in 1972. Shortly afterward he entered the U. S. Navy and attended the U. S. Navy Officers Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. Upon graduation he was assigned to Naval Construction Battalion Sixty-Two (NMCB-62) in Gulfport, Mississippi. His initial deployment with NMCB-62 included Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territories and a mission to build a remote communications station. The next tour included an assignment at the Seabee base in Guam, then as the Officer-in -Charge of a detachment to the Naval Air Station, Atsugi, Japan. His next and final assignment was as the Officer-in Charge of a detachment deployed to a NATO base on the island of Santo Stefano, Sardinia in support of the Navy’s Mediterranean submarine fleet.
After leaving the Navy, Olivier attended Georgia Tech to work toward an advanced degree in civil engineering. He ultimately completed a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering at Tulane while working for his present employer, Waldemar S. Nelson and Company. As a vice president of the company, Olivier has worked as a structural/project engineer on a wide variety of projects, including four large deep-water floating platforms in the Gulf of Mexico for a major international oil company. He is a lifetime member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Registered Professional Engineer in Louisiana.
Pierre and his wife Teri raised their family in Thibodaux and continued the tradition of Catholic education for the next generation of Oliviers at St. Joseph Elementary and E. D. White Catholic High. Pierre shared his gifts and talents of leadership and organization by serving his alma mater as a member on the E. D. White School Board and the Cardinal Club. He was a faithful volunteer at track meets serving as a timer or assisting with running events.
His ability to conceive ideas and bring them to fruition has been a staple in all walks of his life. Along with several other men and women of the community, Olivier helped to promote the establishment of the soccer program at E.D. White, a contribution of which he is most proud. Mary Cavell, head boys soccer coach from 1998 – 2005, testifies to the influence that Olivier had in starting the soccer program and ensuring its growth. “Pierre in his own quiet and humble way helped to make sure that the foundation was laid to get soccer started, but it was his continual presence at opportune times that provided me with the tools I needed to help the program grow. His love for his alma mater and his work ethic of getting things done in the proper manner impacted my career as a teacher and coach. I will always cherish how Pierre was so supportive of having a female coach take over the reigns of the boys soccer program. He and Teri are wonderful role models as parents of athletes.”
Pierre has learned the values of faith and family from his parents, “Moose”(deceased) and “Bobby” Olivier. He is so grateful to the school for dedicating the track in the name of his father. Pierre’s immediate family are all graduates of E.D. White, including his wife Teri Trosclair (’70), brother Robert (’69), sister Nanette (’73) brother Andre (’80), four children - Adrienne (’97), Phillip (’99), Pierre (’99), Paul (’04), son-in-law Brad Hymel (’94). He is very appreciative of the dedication of the Sisters of Mt. Carmel and Brothers of the Sacred Heart during his school years at Mt. Carmel, Thibodaux College and E.D. White.
It is a privilege to honor Pierre Olivier as a Cardinal Great and to have him join his father in this distinguished group.
Doug Melton was born in Athens, Tennessee on January 15, 1938. Doug never knew his biological father, who was killed during WWII. He lived in Niota, Tennessee until he graduated from high school. He joined the Air Force in 1957, where he trained as a nuclear weapons specialist. Doug was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1962.
After his service to our country, Doug worked in food services at Shreveport's Schumpert Hospital owned by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. After building a new hospital in 1963 in Beaumont, Texas, the Sisters sent Doug to manage the hospital’s food service department. While in Beaumont, the Sisters of Charity sent Doug to take professional courses that furthered his abilities as their head chef and manager. In addition to his other professional culinary training, he took pastry and cake decorating courses as part of his training. Because of his pastry talents, Doug was asked to make elaborate cakes for the annual jubilee celebration at the Sisters of Charity Mother House, Villa de Matel, in Houston. Because the nuns grew to trust Doug as a friend, he would accompany them to their meetings and conferences. Doug always credited the Sisters of Charity for giving him his start in his chosen profession.
While Doug was in Beaumont, he met his future wife, Pamela Brandon. Pam was working in the hospital dietary department during her junior and senior years of college. They were married in 1966.
In 1965, Jack Tullos, who owned hotels in Lake Charles, Austin, and Shreveport, asked Doug to manage his French restaurant in Lake Charles. While managing the Chateau Charles, Melton became interested in the hotel business, too. Mr. Tullos quickly promoted Doug to manage all of his hotels in Lake Charles, Shreveport, and Austin.
Doug's reputation for running hotels was well-known throughout the state. When Troy Thompson and Dickie Braud opened the Sheraton Hotel in Thibodaux in 1972, they hired Melton to be their first manager. Interestingly, Doug came to Thibodaux believing it would be a 3 to 5 year job to increase his hotel management resume and relocate to a bigger city. He did not anticipate falling in love with Thibodaux, and he came to realize that his passion was in the restaurant and catering business, not the hotel management business. He and Pam made a decision to spend the rest of their lives running their business and raising their family in Thibodaux. Melton opened Doug's Restaurant and Catering in 1975.
Doug and Pam worked diligently in their business to provide a Catholic education for their five children. Despite being raised non-Catholic, he and Pam made a decision to baptize their children in the Catholic Church in early 1990s. He donated his time and talents to supporting the Catholic Church and its various charity events. All five of their children attended and graduated from St. Joseph Elementary and E. D. White Catholic High. Br. Ray Hebert, past principal of E. D. White, recalls memories of Doug working at the restaurant, numerous tasty meals that included the famous delicious Doug’s buns, and seeing the personal touch of Doug coming from the kitchen to greet and visit his patrons. Brother Ray also remembers the senior awards ceremony in 1987 when Doug’s eldest son Brian was named Outstanding Graduate and how Brian ran down the aisle to get his parents to share in his receiving of the award. Still in his chef’s attire, Doug had slipped out of his kitchen duties to be with his son and family for the awards night.
Doug loved and cared for E.D. White. He adopted the high school as if it was his high school, and the school became an extended family for him. The students had a special place in Doug’s heart as he provided many of them with their first job experience. It truly made him happy to provide meals for teachers, students and athletes during the entire course of his life.
Preston LeJeune, former athletic director and head football coach, reflected on the impact that Doug Melton had on the school’s athletic department. “Doug was a great supporter of Cardinal athletics during his lifetime. As a parent of Laura(’85), Brian(’87), Jennifer(’94), Carolyn(’95), and Lane(’97), Doug and his wife Pam were fixtures at E.D. White athletic events as well as numerous other Cardinal activities. Perhaps Doug's greatest contribution came when the Cardinal Club was struggling to find a place to meet regularly. Doug stepped up and offered his restaurant for our meetings. For several years, Doug's Restaurant was the site of our meetings, with the delicious food that Doug's was famous for, until the completion of the Student Union when our meetings moved back on campus. He also provided our football team with pre-game meals for nearly 100 individuals each year before our Homecoming game. Throughout his life, Doug was always ready to step up wherever needed, be it culinary or as a volunteer.”
Doug's Restaurant and Catering was open from 1975 until Doug's death in 1997. During those 24 years, he grew the business into a landmark establishment in Thibodaux.
Doug and Pam credited E. D. White’s strong academic education and loving Catholic family atmosphere with providing the foundation for all of their children to go on to graduate from college and in helping them lead successful lives.
Doug died on May 3, 1997, after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
It is for his unwavering spirit of generosity and service that we award Doug Melton as one of E. D. White Catholic High School’s Cardinal Greats.
Jonathan Zeringue, a 2016 inductee as a Cardinal Great, is one of the most decorated baseball players to wear the Cardinal uniform. Jonathan (Class of 2001) helped develop a dynasty for the E. D. White Catholic High School baseball program with four state championships from 1998 – 2001. He then distinguished himself at L.S.U. and in the major leagues.
The son of Brian and Jackie Zeringue, Jonathan was a three-sport letterman. He lettered three years in football and track and four years in baseball. Jonathan’s innate abilities in baseball earned him numerous honors during his high school career: All-District Team (4 years) and District MVP (2 years); All-Parish and All-Region Teams (4 years); All State (3 years) and State MVP his senior year. Jonathan captured several prestigious honors in baseball his senior year (2000-2001): Louisiana Sports Writers Association-Louisiana Farm Bureau Mr. Baseball Award; Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year; All American – a first for an E. D. White player. He finished his senior year with a .468 batting average, 13 homeruns, and 58 RBI’s. He completed his high school career with 40 home runs. However, the two awards that meant the most were achieving the 4th consecutive state championship with his Cardinal teammates during his 4 years in baseball and being drafted in the 3rd round as a catcher for the Chicago White Sox’s.
Faced with the difficult decision between playing professional or college baseball, Jonathan chose the collegiate route to play for the L.S.U. Tigers. He felt the opportunity to receive an education and to fulfill a lifetime dream of playing baseball for the Tigers was more important. His decision proved to be fruitful as Jonathan was a 3-year lettermen for L.S.U. as an outfielder and a designated hitter and moved his draft status up to the 2nd round.
In his first season with the Tigers, Zeringue played left field and was used as a designated hitter. Jonathan’s second year proved to be a break-out year for him as a right fielder. He was named 2nd team All-SEC, 2nd team All-Louisiana, Regional All-Tournament Team; and SEC All-Tournament Team. At the College World Series, he led L.S.U. in hitting with a .500 average. In the summer of 2003, he was a Cape Cod Summer League All Star and a member of the Cape Cod Summer League Champions. Returning for his 3rd year, Zeringue continued his growth as a player and teammate. Jonathan garnered honors including 1st team All-SEC honors, SEC Player of the year, 1st Team All-Louisiana, 1st Team All-Region, 1st Team Louisville Slugger All-American, 1st team NCBWA All American, SEC All-Tournament Team, Regional All-Tournament Team, Super Regional All–Tournament Team and another College World Series appearance. After his junior year the Arizona Diamondbacks drafted Jonathan as outfielder in the 2nd round of the MLB Draft.
Zeringue’s professional baseball career spanned from 2004 through 2009. He began playing for the Lancaster Jethawks, the A+ affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, as an outfielder. During his stay with the Jethawks, Jonathan captured Outfielder of the Month and was recognized as their 2004 Golden Glove Award recipient. He then moved to the Diamondbacks AA affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies, and played there for the next two years before moving on to the Mobile Bay Bears. The final two years of his professional career included playing for the Oakland Athletics affiliates, the Stockton Ports and the Midland Rockhounds, where he was recognized as Texas League player of the week and a Texas League All-Star.
After retiring from baseball in 2009, Zeringue began working for J. Ray McDermott as an engineering technician while taking night classes at Nicholls State where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Currently, he is an account manager with Hoover Container Solutions.
Jonathan is married to Haley Acosta Zeringue, and they have two beautiful children Addilyn and Kaden.
It is with great pleasure that we honor Jonathan Zeringue for his outstanding accomplishments in athletics at E. D. White, at L.S.U. and professionally as a 2016 Cardinal Great.
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