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Alden James Laborde

December 18, 1915 - June 6, 2014
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Alden J. "Doc" Laborde died on Friday, June 6, 2014 at the age of 98. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Margaret Bienvenu Laborde, and his parents Cliffe Edward and Hilda Laborde. He is survived by his children, Susan L. Couvillon (Tucker, deceased), J. Monroe Laborde (Karen), Jack P. Laborde (Peggy), Stephanie B. Laborde (Darrell) of Baton Rouge and Jane L. Roussel (Carey) of LaPlace . Also, 18 grandchildren: Stacey Couvillon Spoto, Ainslie Couvillon Phillips, Scott, Mason, and Tucker IV Couvillon; Sarah Laborde Ehrensing, Jeffrey, Cregan, and Justin Laborde; Eric Laborde and Blayne Laborde Bonham; Brooke...

Alden J. "Doc" Laborde died on Friday, June 6, 2014 at the age of 98. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Margaret Bienvenu Laborde, and his parents Cliffe Edward and Hilda Laborde. He is survived by his children, Susan L. Couvillon (Tucker, deceased), J. Monroe Laborde (Karen), Jack P. Laborde (Peggy), Stephanie B. Laborde (Darrell) of Baton Rouge and Jane L. Roussel (Carey) of LaPlace . Also, 18 grandchildren: Stacey Couvillon Spoto, Ainslie Couvillon Phillips, Scott, Mason, and Tucker IV Couvillon; Sarah Laborde Ehrensing, Jeffrey, Cregan, and Justin Laborde; Eric Laborde and Blayne Laborde Bonham; Brooke Alexander Johnson and Whitney Alexander Moss; Morgan Roussel Volion, Lauren Roussel Bordelon, Meg, Ryan and Cari Jane Roussel, and 35 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers Lucien P. and John P. Laborde, and his sister, Marguerite LeBlanc. He was preceded in death by his brother, Cliffe E. Laborde, Jr.



He was born on December 18, 1915 and grew up in Marksville, La. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1938 and served during World War II as a Lieutenant Commander. By applying his naval training and experience to the offshore oil industry, he designed and built the first submersible offshore drilling rig. He founded ODECO , Tidewater (NYSE), Gulf Island Fabrication (NASDAQ) and the Almar Foundation ( Philanthropic). He was elected a member of the National Business Hall of Fame in 1985. In 2010 he received the inaugural award for Ethical Entrepreneurship from the Center for Spiritual Capital, College of Business, Loyola University of New Orleans. He received honorary degrees from Catholic University, Xavier University and Loyola University. He received the Paul Tulane Award as well as the Junior Achievement Lifetime Achievement Award. He was proclaimed a Knight of St. Gregory, a member of the Order of St. Louis and received the John Paul II award from the Archdiocese of New Orleans, the Martin de Porres Award from the Dominican Province as well as the Integritas Vitae Award from Loyola University.



Donations in memory of Alden J. "Doc" Laborde can be made to Catholic Charities/ Archdiocese of New Orleans, 1000 Howard Avenue, Suite 1000, New Orleans, LA 70113.



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"My deepest condolences to the entire family. Doc was an icon and legend in our industry. I was proud to have worked on the Mr Charlie many years ago since..." Kearney Walters (Carriere, MS)

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