LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication Mourns Loss of Longtime Professor Elsie Hebert
BATON ROUGE – Elsie Hebert, a longtime professor at the Manship School of Journalism – now the Manship School of Mass Communication – at LSU, passed away Saturday, March 10.
A Baton Rouge native, Hebert was born in 1925, and was named valedictorian of Baker High School in 1942. She earned her bachelor’s degree from LSU in 1945 in journalism, with a minor in government. After receiving a master’s degree in journalism from the university in 1948, she worked for the Citronelle Call News and Washington County News in Alabama as a reporter and editor.
In 1959, Hebert moved back to Baton Rouge, where she worked for WBRZ in advertising before becoming an English instructor at LSU and faculty advisor for the Daily Reveille Over the next six years, she would serve as information officer at Fort Polk and taught journalism at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, before returning to LSU in 1965. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Texas in 1977, and would teach in the Manship School for 35 years before retiring as a full professor in 2000.
Hebert was also a member of the American Advertising Federation, or AAF, and received several awards for her contributions to the field of advertising including the AAF District 7 Donald G. Hileman Award in 1988, the Distinguished Advertising Educator Award for the best advertising professors in the country in 1994, and the Charles H. Sandage Award for teaching excellence in 2003.
Hebert was also very involved in the community, serving as a volunteer for the American Red Cross and serving as a volunteer at the polls during elections. She is survived by two sons, Nicholas Richard Stallworth and wife Kathy and Darryl Clark Stallworth and wife Mary; eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; and her many students who benefitted from her passion for teaching.
“Elsie was one of the most well respected advertising education professors in the country,” said Bill Ross, professor emeritus in the Manship School and former director of the mass communication department at Texas Tech University for 17 years. “She was the recipient of many awards and served on many national organization committees. One of her most respected awards was when she was named the most distinguished advertising educator by the American Advertising Federation in 1994.”
Hebert’s family requests that donations be made to The Hospice of Baton Rouge or the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research in lieu of flowers.
Visitation will be held at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., on Friday, March 16, from 6-9 p.m., and Saturday, March 17, from 10 a.m. until the religious service in the funeral home chapel begins at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Resthaven Gardens of Memory.
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