Louis Michot *
Inducted on June 20, 2009
On Saturday, June 20, 2009, the Acadian Museum honored Louis Michot by inducting him into the “Order of Living Legends.”
Warren A. Perrin, Director of the Acadian Museum, stated: “We are indeed privileged and happy to have the opportunity to induct Louis J. Michot into the ‘Order of Living Legends.’ His life’s body of work in the promotion of our French heritage is exemplary.”
Louis J. Michot was born in Lafayette, Louisiana. After attending SLI (now UL at Lafayette, he served as a marine in the Pacific Theater during WWII aboard the USS Enterprise. His business ventures have covered a wide range, including the establishment of forty-five fast food restaurants in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, textile manufacturing in Mexico and foreign trade and cattle ranching in Central America. Michot has been active in state government. He was elected to the Louisiana Legislature, the Louisiana State Board of Education and State Superintendent of Education. During his tenure as State Superintendent, CODOFIL was established as a state agency with the mission to promote French in Louisiana. Michot has been an avid promoter of French culture and heritage in Louisiana. As a civic worker, Michot served four years as general manager for the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and was a founder of the Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition (LAGCOE). He is a former District Governor of Kiwanis International. He was recipient of the Lafayette Civic Cup, UL’s Outstanding Alumni, Cathedral-Carmel distinguished graduate and the first International Achievement Award by the City of Lafayette and named to the Acadiana Business Hall of Fame. He is the past President of the International Good Neighbor Council, an organization that promotes better relations with U. S., Mexico, and Latin America. He is married to the former Patricia Ann Smith of Patterson, Louisiana.