Inducted on March 13, 2010
Andrepont, President of Andrepont Printing, Inc. in Opelousas, was born in Ville Platte in 1942 to Lawrence and Aline Andrepont. A lifelong resident of Opelousas, Andrepont graduated from the Academy of the Immaculate Conception (now known as Opelousas Catholic) in 1961, where he made Honorable Mention All-State in Football. Enlisting in the Air Force shortly after graduation, he was stationed for two and a half years in Weisbaden, Germany. During that time he was able to travel to many places such as East Berlin, Denmark, France, Spain, and Austria.
After leaving the service in 1965, Andrepont began working at his father’s printing company. At the time, the business consisted of two employees, including his father. The company was located on North Main Street in Opelousas for 40 years before moving to a new location on I-49 in 1992. Today Andrepont Printing employs 16 people. Andrepont has served as President of the Opelousas Jaycees and the Yambilee Association, and served on the board of directors for the Opelousas Chamber of Commerce.
In 2004, Andrepont met Warren Perrin and made an agreement to help publish his book, Acadian Redemption. In 2005, Andrepont Publishing, LLC was formed to help promote the book and its cultural message. That same year, in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the Acadian Deportation, Andrepont and Debby Andrepont traveled with Perrin and a group of Louisiana Acadians in order to promote the book throughout Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, Canada. On July 28, 2005 he, along with members of the Louisiana delegation, were present to officially commemorate the anniversary of the Acadian expulsion from Nova Scotia 250 years earlier, and, for the first time, to celebrate the Queen’s Royal Proclamation of 2003, which acknowledged the Acadian exile was carried out by the British Crown, causing the deaths and suffering of many Acadians, and established a world day of remembrance of the event.
In 2008, in order to bring the story to the people of the French-speaking world, Andrepont and the Acadian Museum began working to have Acadian Redemption translated into French. With the able assistance of Roger Leger of Quebec, the work was completed in 2009 and Une Saga Acadienne was published. Presently, Andrepont is working with international distributors to bring both books to people across America and the French-speaking world.
For over 40 years, Andrepont has published many culturally sensitive brochures, materials and books, including many of the works of Rene Babineau, now deceased, an Acadian from New Brunswick, Canada.
Andrepont is married to the former Debby Randall and has one son Andre, and one step-daughter Susan Newman.