Michael Jules Glapion retired after a 46 year career in the insurance industry. He founded his own insurance company in Minneapolis, Minnesota principally serving commercial clients. Michael was named minority contractor of the year in 1994. He sold his agency in 2002, retired to New Orleans, then launched his own insurance consulting service. Michael enjoys BBQ grilling, gardening, and live Blues music.
Michael Gordon was one of the top customer service managers in the medical supplies industry. After graduating from St. Aug he spent four years in the Air Force, got his degree from the University of New Orleans, and for several decades was a manager at Dade Behring/Siemens Healthcare. Michael retired in 2018. He now lives in Gonzalez, La., loves family life, and is heavily involved in church volunteer projects.
Gregory McKendall is a successful businessman and educator.
He honed his skills in air-conditioning while in the Air Force and is now the owner of McKendall Air-Conditioning Service. Greg teaches his trade to aspiring entrepreneurs as a master educator at New Orleans Pipe Trades and was given an academic award by the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society. He paid his tuition at St. Aug by working after school. Greg has run two marathons and enjoys traveling and trade conventions.
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Richard A. Winder Sr. now operates his own realty firm in Monroe, Louisiana. But for 43 years he had an extensive career in social work including Counseling Director at Xavier University and Juvenile Center Superintendent in New Orleans. Richard also served as director of an NFL foundation to help inspire leadership among youth. While at St. Aug he taught CCD classes at an elementary school. Richard is an avid Saints fan, enjoys hunting, travel, and family time.
Rhaoul Guillaume Sr. is an accomplished civil engineer with projects throughout Louisiana. After graduating from Xavier and Marquette Universities, he worked on construction of the Superdome in New Orleans. In 1981 Rhaoul launched his own engineering firm known as GO-TECH Inc., and in 2016 he received a lifetime achievement award from the American Society of Civil Engineers. He was a member of St. Aug's Marching 100, is married, and lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Wayne Benjamin was among the first African-Americans to reach an administrative level position with the New Orleans Times Picayune newspaper and retired as its executive purchasing agent. Wayne now enjoys volunteering with a number of civic, cultural and non-profit agencies. He received a service award in 2016 from the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. At St. Aug, Wayne was a member of the Glee Club. He is divorced and still resides in New Orleans.
Larry Higgins retired after an extensive and rewarding career in education. He completed his professional work within the Los Angeles Unified School District as a high school principal. Larry was president of the Senior High Principals Association, and he received a distinguished service award from the Council of Black Administrators. He and his wife Pamela now live in Los Angeles. Larry enjoys mentoring his grandson, reading, going to the gym, and woodworking.
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Wayne Baquet continues his family's culinary legacy in the Big Easy. He now owns and operates 'Lil Dizzy's Cafe just outside the historic French Quarter. Wayne is a well-known caterer and restauranteur whose epicurean delights have been featured on local TV and his cafe was once visited by then President George W. Bush. At St. Aug Wayne was a member
of the Glee Club. He has been married for 51 years and enjoys taking his food business to local concerts and festivals.