Larry Jones Named Alumnus of the Year, Eight to be Inducted into 2013 LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction

04/01/2013 10:51 AM

BATON ROUGE – Tiger center and linebacker, football coach, sports administrator and LSU Alumni Association fundraiser Larry Jones and Teach For America-South Louisiana executive director Michael Tipton, both of Baton Rouge, highlight the roster of LSU alumni named to the 2013 LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction.


Jones, the Alumnus of the Year, and Tipton, Young Alumnus of the Year, will be inducted, along with six others, on Friday, April 12, during ceremonies held at Lod Cook Alumni Center.


The Hall of Distinction recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves and LSU through their careers, their personal and civic accomplishments, their volunteer activities, and their loyalty to their alma mater. Honorees are selected by a committee that includes four representatives of the association and four representatives of the faculty and staff within the LSU System.


Jones, chief fundraiser for the LSU Alumni Association has raised more than $35 million dollars in contributions for LSU scholarships, professorships and facilities over the past 23 years. A former Tiger center and linebacker, Jones joined Paul Dietzel’s coaching staff for the 1958 season, the first year the Tigers won the national championship and followed Dietzel to Army and South Carolina. While at South Carolina, he was assistant head coach and defensive coordinator and while at Tennessee was twice assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. He was also a defensive coordinator at Kansas.


Jones was head coach at Florida State University for three years and led the Seminoles to the Fiesta Bowl in 1971, his first season. He returned to LSU in 1979 as associate athletics director. In 1989, after serving on two occasions as LSU’s interim athletics director, Jones turned the page on a successful run as a football coach and sports administrator and began his career as a fundraiser for the LSU Alumni Association.


He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from LSU, in 1956 and 1961, respectively.


Tipton, who graduated from LSU in 2005 with degrees in political science and history, was elected from among 17,000 applicants to join the 2005 Teach For America corps in New York City. Tipton was the founding humanities teacher, service-learning coordinator and student council adviser at Mott Hall Bronx High School from 2005-2007. Under Tipton’s leadership since 2007, Teach For America-South Louisiana has more than quadrupled fundraising, nearly tripled the corps of teachers, dramatically increased the number of Teach For America alumni in South Louisiana, and increased the number of alumni in senior state and community roles by more than 10 times.


Also to be inducted into the 2013 Hall of Distinction are the following:


  • Keith Comeaux, of Redondo Beach, Calif., flight director for Curiosity’s August 2012 entry, descent and landing on Mars, graduated from LSU in 1989 with bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and physics.
  • Dr. Ronald B. Marks, of Alexandria, a partner in Alexandria Oral Surgery Associates and a clinical professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport, graduated from LSU in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.
  • Kevin Mawae, of Baton Rouge, a four-year starter for the LSU Tigers and former National Football League standout, graduated from LSU in 1993 with a degree in general studies.
  • Karlynn O’Shaughnessy, of Holly Springs, N.C., former commanding general, 2nd Brigade, 75th Division, Fort Dix, N.J., earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from LSU in 1979 and was commissioned as a Regular Army 2nd Lieutenant through LSU Army ROTC.
  • Michael Papajohn, of Baton Rouge, a 1988 general studies graduate, first made a name for himself as the starting centerfielder for the Tigers baseball team when they made their inaugural trip to the College World Series in 1986. A role as Dennis Quaid’s stunt double in “Everybody’s All-American” saw his career shift from the diamond to the silver screen, launching a movie and television career that has seen him appear alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest stars in some of the biggest films in history.
  • Kevin R. Ward, of Superior Township, Mich., is professor of emergency medicine and director of the Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care at the University of Michigan Medical School. He graduated cum laude from LSU in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in zoology and physiology.


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Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Monday, April 1, 2013