Kevin Fontenot has begun work as LaRC’s first “Thelma Ducoing Toole Intern.” Kevin is a scholar of the American South with a special interest in country and Cajun music. He holds degrees from Louisiana College and Tulane University and he has received the John Dyer Award for Excellence in Teaching from Tulane’s School of Continuing Studies. Initially, Kevin will work primarily with our Louisiana Historical Association Collection.
The Thelma Ducoing Toole Endowed Fund was created by an anonymous donor to honor the mother of author John Kennedy Toole. Born in New Orleans in 1901, as a child she developed talents for speech and music which she later taught as an exacting, vigorous, and inspired teacher, instilling in her students the enthusiasm she felt herself. The success of “A Confederacy of Dunces” made Mrs. Toole a celebrity in her own right. She used her fame to pursue her lifelong interest in education and in nurturing the intellectual and artistic talents of young people. She died in 1984.
We are delighted to welcome Kevin Fontenot to LaRC.
Leon C. Miller
(See this earlier LaRC blog post featuring Kevin Fontenot conducting an interview of L'Esprit Creole at Jazz Fest 2010.)