James Jim Caillouet '65
James (Jim) L. Caillouet graduated from Thibodaux College in May 1965 leaving behind a deep-rooted tradition of Catholic education and closing the final chapter of the historical institution of Thibodaux College, known by all as “TC.” At the time of Jim’s graduation, he and his six siblings represented the fifth generation of Caillouets to receive a Catholic high school education. His father, Louis E. Caillouet, Sr., graduated from the “new” Thibodaux College in 1927, while his grandfather was an instructor at the original school and his great-grandfather, Judge L. P. Caillouet, was a member of the Building Committee for the new Thibodaux College. T. C. provided a wonderful avenue for the young Caillouet to excel as a student, as an athlete and a Christian young man, and he did just that with the opportunity given to him.
Jim was a four-year letterman in football, basketball and track. As an offensive and defensive end in football, Jim garnered All-District and All-Regional honors his junior and senior seasons. As a guard and forward for the Cardinal basketball team, his competitiveness on the court and keen sense of the strategy in the game earned Jim the distinction of being named the Nolan Falgout Basketball Award recipient his sophomore and junior years and Most Valuable Basketball Player his senior year. He was selected to the All-District Team for 2 years.
Track and field was where Jim truly left his mark in the T.C. record books. Although he could only participate in 4 events at a track meet, his speed and athletic ability to jump made him a valuable asset to the track team by allowing his coaches to register him as a competitor in four of six events: pole vault, high jump, low hurdles, high hurdles, 440-yard dash and the mile relay. Jim distinguished himself by lettering all four years and receiving the Cardinal Club Track Award for two years, All-State honors for two years, and Most Valuable Track Award his senior year.
In 1965 at the Southwestern Relays held at USL (present day ULL) in Lafayette, Jim set both the pole vault and high jump records for the Class A Division. His record jumps were 12’ 1/2” for the pole vault and 5’ 10” in the high jump. These two records, as well as, the high hurdle record of 15.2 seconds are the three Thibodaux College track and field records that Jim holds. Jim continued his track career at USL after a coach saw his jumping ability in his college P. E. class and asked him to compete for the Bulldogs. Jim competed for two years as a high jumper improving his 5’ 10” high school record to 6’ 4”.
Thibodaux College provided Jim with a well-rounded education and helped him develop leadership skills and in community involvement. In addition to athletics, Jim was a member of the band for three years, an altar boy for four years, member of the confraternity for four years and even broke in as a talent show participant. His willingness to serve and work in numerous areas garnered him awards in student council and as the Lions Club Service Award Recipient in 1965.
In the fall of 1965, Jim attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana pursuing a degree in Economics. While attending USL, Jim was a member of USL Economic Forum. He worked part-time and full-time at Montgomery Wards managing numerous departments while completing his degree. In the fall of his senior year, Jim was drafted into the U. S. Army due to the 4-year deferment limitations. Upon graduation from basic training, he continued advance training in Flight Operations and was stationed at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia until Sept 1970 when he received his overseas deployment orders for the 239th Assault Helicopter Company in Uijeongbu, South Korea. He ended his military service in September 1971, resumed his studies, earned an undergraduate degree in 1972, and then began his graduate studies.
Using the education Jim received through USL and the managerial experience he gained from his military service and time at Montgomery Wards, Jim embarked on what would become a tremendous career in the oil field industry. He was employed by Rollins, Inc., which purchased the Patterson Companies. Jim’s years at Patterson Companies included numerous positions from Vice President/General Manager to President, Support Services for CPC, Inc., and then to President for Corporate Services for CPC, Inc. In his 31 years with the company Jim managed the overall sales, marketing and operations of five individual business units with domestic and international presence and was instrumental in instituting safety and recruiting programs throughout the world. His expertise in managing brought about his final challenge in the oil industry - to assume the Vice President and General Manager position at Lone Star Steel and turn around the company into a profitable one. After just two years, he met the challenge and set new profit records for the company.
After 35 years in the oil and gas industry, Jim retired in 2009 and became actively involved in Caillouet Land LLC by serving as a member of the Board of Directors and as President. Established in 1888, Caillouet Land LLC is a privately-owned company with the purpose of owning, managing and administering improved and unimproved real estate. Caillouet Land LLC continues to support Catholic education through donations to Edward Douglas White Catholic High School. Giving back to a community so ingrained in the history of the Caillouet family is an established core value of Caillouet Land LLC and all of its members.
Jim has been married for 50 years to Dr. Patricia (Pat) Babin Caillouet, a retired educator. Their two children are graduates of E. D. White Catholic High. Chad graduated in 1988 and attended LSU; Chanda, a 1993 graduate, attended the University of Southern Mississippi. Both were collegiate track athletes and currently reside in Houston with their families. Jim and Pat are the proud grandparents of three grandsons and one granddaughter.
Arthur "Art" Naquin
Being asked who your favorite teachers were causes one to pause and ask what was special about them. In most cases the thing that made them so great was not just the way they taught you, but the way they also watched how you performed and then provided great instructional and motivational feedback. The best teachers are not just teachers, they are also coaches. Arthur Louis Naquin, Jr., known to all at E. D. White as Coach Art or lovingly ARTHUR, was one of those teacher coaches.
Art is the eldest of seven children born to Mildred and Arthur Naquin, Sr.. Arthur, Sr. was an educator, principal and superintendent for Lafourche Parish. The role model that he was, Arthur, Sr. made a profound impact on his children by instilling in them the value of an education. Four children of the Naquin clan followed in their father’s footsteps into the field of Education. Art, Jr. being the eldest led the way.
Coach Art attended Thibodaux High School and graduated in 1960. He was an all-around student participating in Student Council, Future Farmers of America, 4-H, T- Club and football. Art was an All-District offensive and defensive tackle for the Tigers and was a member of Thibodaux High’s 1959 South Louisiana AA Football Champions. After Thibodaux High, Art attended Tulane University for two years on a football scholarship. He returned to his hometown university, Nicholls State, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Health, Safety and Physical Education with a minor in Social Studies. Art entered the teaching profession here in Lafourche Parish where he spent 20 years as a Social Studies and Health and P. E. instructor, as well as, a coach in numerous sports.
Art and his wife, Priscilla valued their faith and had chosen to do whatever it took to provide a Catholic education for their five children. Therefore, outside of his full time job as a teacher and coach, Art was always willing to find extra work even if it meant working three jobs at a time. He managed the Bayou Country Club Swimming pool and taught Senior Life Saving for twenty years, along with becoming state certified as an L.H.S.A.A. football official to work as many junior high and high school games that he could.
It was in 1986 that Coach Art transferred to teach and coach at E. D. White Catholic High and leave his mark on all those he taught, coached and worked alongside. For the next 22 years, Art was a faithful social studies teacher, but most notable for his love of teaching Louisiana history – especially the history of our southern area. The numerous stories of our heritage and fishing excursions, supposedly all true ones, always kept those 8th graders on their toes or filled them with laughter. Art even become a certified instructor through our Wildlife and Fisheries Department, so that he could provide Hunter Safety Certification for our students who loved to hunt.
In the athletic arena you would not find Coach Art in the headlines or in the record books, but you would find him where it counted the most - providing service in any way shape or form he could as an assistant coach. The word NO was not in his vocabulary when it came to helping a fellow coach or teacher with any task asked of him. From assistant coaching in football, basketball, track and field, to developing our first true strength and conditioning program, Art was there with his YES. Co-worker and fellow coach, Pat Parenton, said, “Art never turned any of us down when we asked something of him. He drove the infamous Hamburger Bus for football, to driving for me in basketball and softball, and to providing Coach Cole with the lone fan bus to the state cross country meets up in Natchitoches. Coach Art was truly a selfless assistant coach.”
Art modeled the teacher-coach in providing the needed instruction for helping his players learn the correct techniques and perform the correct plays. Yes, times of getting in ones face was needed to correct mistakes made, but he was there giving you the pat on the rear or those wonderful helmet slaps when you came back from correcting that error. His work ethic of providing a weight room filled with incentives of collegiate helmets of former players to the charts of the strongest lifters, created an atmosphere of competition but also brotherhood in striving to be one’s best. Art is a humble man of faith, and was a role model to his players through his attendance at masses and weekly adoration. Coach Art has been that teacher coach that has left an impression upon the numerous student athletes he has taught and coached.
After his twenty-two years at E. D. White, Coach Art retired in 2008 with a total of 42 years of service in the field of education. His father is certainly smiling down upon him! Art and Priscilla sent all of their five children through Catholic education and all graduated from E. D. White Catholic High: Deedy – ’83, Billy – ’84, Ken ’88, Tim ’89 and Andy ’95.
Nathan Joseph Thornton, Jr. '70
Nathan Joseph Thornton, Jr., Class of 1970 was born December 4, 1952 to Nathan Joseph Thornton, Sr. and Rosella LeBlanc Thornton. Raised in Vacherie, La he attended Saint Luke’s elementary in Thibodaux. In 1966 Nathan enrolled at E. D. White where he began what would be a stellar academic and athletic journey.
As a three sport athlete, Nathan excelled as a two year letterman in Track, Basketball and Football. He set school records for the boys track program in the 110 yard high hurdles, the triple jump, and the 400 yard dash. He placed 3rd in all 3 events at the State Track Meet. For these accomplishments he was named as the Most Valuable Athlete in Track and Field. In Basketball he helped guide the Cardinals to their first District Runner-up Title and a first round playoff game. Nathan’s tenacious efforts against his opponents earned him the Most Valuable Defensive Player.
Nathan’s athletic ability was also evident on the football field where he garnered the name “THUNDER” Thornton for his bursting speed and strength as a returner and wide receiver. He played a major part in the Cardinals garnering back to back State Championships in 1968 and 1969. During his senior year, he scored 9 touchdowns. The most memorable were the 70 yard TD pass reception to take an early lead for the Cardinals in what ended up as a heart breaking loss of 13 – 14 to Vandebilt, and the 49 yard TD pass reception against Homer for the only score of the game that propelled the Cardinals to the state championship game. His senior year he led the team with the most receptions in a season with 27, most yardage receiving for the team of 608 yards, most yardage receiving for a game with 94 yards, most TD receptions for a season and career with 8 and a game high of 2 TD receptions. He receive Honorable Mention All – District his senior year.
After excelling in Track, Basketball and Football, he accepted an athletic scholarship to the University of Southwestern Louisiana (University of Louisiana at Lafayette) to play football. While at the University he majored in Communications with a minor in English. He was a four year letterman playing wide receiver and running back. He was active in campus and academic life. In his sophomore year he was president of the African American Culture Committee which developed an on campus loan program for first generation college students. He was also a member of the 1974 debate team, winning awards for extemporaneous speaking.
After earning his BA in 1975 he began his work career with Ford Motor Credit Company. His work in consumer financing led to a banking career that spanned 20 years. During this time he became known as the “go to” guy for economic and community development. As a member of the Downtown Development Authority and the Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Committee for the city of Lafayette, he was instrumental in revitalizing downtown Lafayette. As the State Community Development Officer for Bank One(now Chase), he was recognized by the Louisiana State House of Representatives for his work in developing creative homeownership financing products for low and moderate income individuals.
In 1995 he was recognized for his work with the UL Alumni Association, where he served as a board member and president of 2 Alumni chapters (Christiana Smith African American Chapter and the Gridiron Alumni Chapter).
Governor Mike Foster, promising to reform Louisiana politics in 1997, appointed Nathan to the revised State Board of Ethics. Nathan represented the 3rd Congressional district, overseeing government employees and elected officials.
In June of 1999 he left banking to return to the University of Louisiana as the director of the Center for Business and Economic Research. He was responsible for business development in an eight parish area, and provided economic data and research to existing and potential companies located in Acadiana. During his tenure, the Department of Economic Development adopted a state wide technical assistance program for growing businesses that was developed at his Center. He established disaster recovery centers for SBA and local governments during Hurricane’s Katrina and Rita. He is especially proud of the assistance provided to businesses on Grand Isle.
In 2001 He was awarded the Outstanding Alum in the College of Communications. Nathan retired in 2014, but is still active with the University and the Lafayette community. Nathan is a member of the Alumni Association’s council, a board member of the Hall of Fame Committee, Member of Bancorp South’s Corporate Advisory Board, President of the Acadiana Credit Executives, Chairman of Lafayette Land Revitalization Authority and a member of the Saint Paul’s Church Parish Council.
Nathan and his wife Barbara have been together for 30 years. They are the proud parents of six children, Natalie Thornton, Nathan Thornton,III , Selina Williams , Cipriana Morris, Logan Morris, and Taylor Morris, and eleven grandchildren.
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