25 Feb 2013

Catholic High Mourns the Loss of Hall of Famer Judge Frank Polozola ’59

Catholic High lost a special friend and Hall of Fame member with the passing of Judge Frank Polozola í´59 on Sunday, February 24, 2013.

In 1986, Judge Polozola was installed in the Catholic High School Hall of Fame for his leadership, service, character, heroism, dedication and patriotism. Members of the Hall of Fame are inspirations to the students of Catholic High School.

íÍThe future of humanity lies in the hands of those who are strong enough to provide coming generations with reasons for living and hoping.íñ  This statement, published in The Church in the Modern World by the Bishop of the Second Vatican Council on December 7, 1965, was referenced at the 1986 CHS Hall of Fame Induction to summarize Judge Polozolaí´s contribution to his alma maters, community, country and family.

On May 29, 1980, at age 38, Judge Polozola was sworn in as a United States District Judge for the Middle District of Louisiana.  Nominated by President Jimmy Carter, Polozola became one of the youngest persons ever appointed to the federal judiciary.  Polozola went on to serve as Chief Judge of the Middle District of Louisiana and eventually a Senior Judge.

In addition to his professional career, Polozola has served the Catholic High and Baton Rouge community through various organizationsí´ board of directors.  His service includes Knights of Columbus, St. Thomas More, Catholic Youth Organizations, the local chapter of the Federal Bar Association and National Council on United States Magistrates.  In 1986 he was appointed, along with Roland Toups, one of the first lay men to serve on the CHS Board of Directors.  He served continuously on that board from 1986 until 2008.  He and his family are also members of St. Louis King of France Parish.

Judge Polozola was married to Linda White Polozola for more than 50 years at the time of his death.  They had two sons who graduated from CHS: Greg in 1982 and Gordon in 1988. Their daughter, Sheri, graduated from St. Josephí´s Academy.  Polozola attended Sacred Heart and Catholic High School and graduated from LSU Law School.

íÍFrom my first introduction to Judge Polozola nearly 15 years ago, I was impressed by his energy and passion for helping others,íñ commented CHS President, Gene Tullier.  íÍThat first impression never changed, but in subsequent years, I also came to know him as a truly compassionate man who was totally dedicated to his family.  As he battled cancer in recent years, I finally came to know him as a man of strong faith whose optimism and thankfulness could not be extinguished.  It is no wonder that he was selected for the CHS Hall of Fame in 1986.  What a great role model for young people!  What a great man!íñ