Michael A. Nola ’62 And Jeffrey D. Nola ’94 To Be Inducted Into CHS Hall Of Fame
Catholic High School is honored to announce the 2016 induction of Michael A. Nola Õ62 and the late Jeffrey D. Nola Õ94 into the CHS Hall of Fame. The father-son duo were inducted at the 32nd Annual Hall of Fame Induction and Founders Banquet at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center on Dec. 1, 2016.
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.
Michael A. Nola ’62
Michael A. Nola Õ62 (Mike) was born in 1944 in Baton Rouge to the late Paul and Lucy Nola. Mike attended St. Agnes Elementary School and graduated from Catholic High School in 1962. While a student at CHS, he was involved in the Beta Club, Biology Club and Glee Club. After graduation, Mike attended Louisiana State University and earned a bachelorÕs degree in business administration in 1966.
In 1969, Mike began what would become a very successful 42-year professional career with The Advocate. Starting out as an advertising sales representative, he quickly moved up to national advertising manager. In 2001, he was named classified advertising manager and assistant advertising director, positions he held until his retirement in 2011.
During his tenure, Mike was involved in several professional organizations. In 2001, he was named president of the Marketing Managers Association of Baton Rouge, and in 2005, he served as president of the Classified Managers Association. He was also awarded the 2006 Durward Gully Award for Excellence in Sales & Marketing.
MikeÕs dedication and commitment reaches far beyond the workplace. Over the years, he has volunteered his time and talent to a number of organizations and causes across the city. He has been involved in a number of United Way campaigns and served on several committees with the Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce. In 1993, he served as president of the Catholic High School MenÕs Club, and was a member of the CHS Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2001-2003. Mike served as a volunteer for the CHS Senior Retreats from 1998 Ð 2011, was named president of the Manresa House of Retreats Board of Directors in 2001 and elected chairman of the St. Thomas More Pastoral Council in 2013.
Currently, Mike is a member of the Catholic High School MenÕs Club executive committee, president of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Ð St. Thomas More Conference, a retreat captain for Manresa House of Retreats and a volunteer for Our Lady of Mercy SchoolÕs 8th grade Bible study program, Come Lord Jesus.
Mike and his wife, Mary (Blasco), have been married for 46 years. They have two sons who both graduated from Catholic High, Paul Õ90 and Jeff Õ94 .
Jeffrey D. Nola Õ94
Jeffrey D. Nola Õ94 (Jeff) was born in 1975 in Baton Rouge to parents Mike and Mary Nola. While at Catholic High School, he played in the jazz, symphonic and marching bands, and was captain of the drumline. Jeff demonstrated a fervent desire to help others less fortunate than himself while at CHS, and to set a spiritual and moral example to all people he encountered. An enthusiastic member of the Catholic church, Jeff participated in several student organizations including Student Ministry and Amnesty International. His senior year, he was named a CHS Man of the Year and received the highest award in band, The Golden Bear.
In 1998, Jeff received a degree in English literature from Louisiana State University. He continued his spiritual development by minoring in religious studies, and his musical development as a 4-year member of the LSU marching band.
After graduation, Jeff returned to Catholic High School as a religion and English teacher. He continued to enthusiastically pursue his spiritual growth during his 13 years teaching at CHS. He earned a MasterÕs degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University-New Orleans, and continued to put others ahead of himself by serving as Campus Minister and band moderator in addition to fulfilling his teaching responsibilities.
JeffÕs strong faith in God, his genuine love for all people and his heartwarming smile touched many lives. He loved to serve through giving to the less fortunate. In fact, Jeff would carry bread and peanut butter around in his car so he could offer a sandwich to those he encountered who were hungry. For years, Jeff coordinated and led students to mission trips to New Orleans, Kentucky, Arizona and Mexico. Jeff was also a leader of the Habitat for Humanity Youth Build and made frequent visits to teach and minister to juvenile offenders at Jetson Correctional Institute.
In 2010, Jeff married the love of his life, Laura Landry, and happily settled into their life together. He died peacefully on Sunday, May 29, 2011, on their first wedding anniversary.
Following his passing, the Barefoot Pedals Foundation was formed to honor JeffÕs legacy. The Foundation receives and distributes donations exclusively for charitable purposes, primarily for the Jeff Nola Õ94 Memorial Scholarship Fund, and charities that exemplify the values and characteristics Jeff lived his life promoting.