deLesseps Story “Chep” Morrison, Sr., was an attorney and politician. He served as the 54th Mayor of New Orleans from 1946-1961 and as an United States ambassador under President John F. Kennedy from 1961-1963.
Loyola awarded Morrison with an Honorary degree at the 1958 Commencement Ceremony.
As mayor, Morrison engaged in more large-scale urban renewal by helping in the construction for the New Orleans Civic Center, the New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal, several street-widening projects, and the construction and expansion of the New Orleans housing projects.
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy appointed Morrison as the ambassador to the Organization of American States, a inter-continental organization that promotes solidarity and cooperation among its members.
On May 22, 1964, deLesseps Story “Chep” Morrison and his son Randy died in a plane crash in Ciuadad Victoria, Mexico.
To honor him and his political legacy, deLesseps Morrison, Sr., was posthumously inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame in 1995.
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