John P. Laborde, of New Orleans, has received the 2012 Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes Louisiana growth companies and business professionals for their accomplishments. Laborde served as Tidewater Inc.’s chief executive officer for nearly forty years and is currently chairman emeritus. He was the founder and first chairman of what is now the Offshore Marine Service Association and has played a major role in the worldwide development of the offshore service industry.
Laborde earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of Arts & Sciences in 1947 and a J.D. from the LSU Law Center in 1949. In 1995 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters, and he also holds an honorary doctorate from Loyola University.
A past president of the LSU Alumni Association, Laborde has been named Alumnus of the Year by the LSU Alumni Association, inducted into the LSU Law Center Hall of Fame, and named a Peoples Health Illustrious Alumnus of LSU. He was inducted into the LSU Military Hall of Fame in 1998. (1947 BACH H&SS, 1949 JD, 1995 HON).