04 Dec 2014

CHS Inducts Marvin Ourso ’42 into Hall of Fame

Mr. Marvin V. Ourso, CHS Class of 1942, was inducted into the Catholic High School Hall of Fame December 4, 2014, at the 30th Annual Hall of Fame Induction and Founders Banquet at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center.

Marvin lettered in Boxing while a student at CHS.  He attended LSU for one year before enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II.  He was stationed in Pearl Harbor, serving as a Yeoman Second Class in the COMSERVPAC (US Pacific Fleet – USS Prairie) from 1944 í 1946.  He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Victory Medal.

Marvin served as President and Chairman of the local Society of St. Vincent de Paul Board of Directors for two terms in the 1970’s, as well as two terms in the 1990’s.  In the 1970’s, his leadership enabled the Society to save its St. Vincent de Paul Store/Distribution Center, which was experiencing financial difficulties.  A successful store enabled the Society to generate funds for opening the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room in 1982.  Today, the Greater Baton Rouge area has 9 St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores!   In 1991, under his leadership, the Society opened the first Bishop Ott Shelter on Plank Road for Homeless Men, which has had a positive impact on thousands of lives. 

He was a Trustee for the National Council of the United States of St. Vincent de Paul.  Marvin professed with the Third Order of Mary in 1952 and served as Rector for 14 years.  He is also a member of St. Alphonsus Liguori Knights of Columbus, Council #2807. In addition, he has served on the Catholic Community Services Board.

Marvin was presented the St. Vincent de Paul íÍTop Hatíñ Award, the organizationí´s highest recognition for serving the poor in an exemplary manner, by Bishop Alfred Hughes.  He was awarded the íÍGolden Vincentianíñ for 50 years of service to the local society and the Societyí´s íÍHeavení´s Helpers Awardíñ for his outstanding service to Godí´s Poor and Homeless. 

Marvin has one daughter Letitia íÍTishíñ Ourso Mizell.

The Catholic High School Hall of Fame honors those men and women whose commitment and dedication to Catholic High School have been exemplary, and whose lives can be an inspiration to the students of CHS.  

Jamie Segar ’90, director of advancement, served as the master of ceremonies of the 30th Annual Founders Banquet and Gene Tullier, CHS president, inducted Mr. Ourso in the Hall of Fame.  

Segar recognized the Alumni Association, past Mothersí´ Club President Judy Giorlando and past Mení´s Club President Kevin Brian ’86, for their contributions to CHS in the 2013-2014 fiscal year.  
Segar also acknowledged Joan and Sonny Chastain ’82, 2013-2014 Parents Annual Giving Event chaircouple, for their leadership. 

The CHS Advancement Office organized the event.