BOB MERRICK 2018-08-23T14:40:22-05:00

Project Description

THE ICON: Bob Merrick

THE LEGACY: Bob Merrick is a real estate man — and a good one, too, building Latter & Blum Inc. Realtors into the largest real estate business in the Gulf South and one of the largest in the country. If that was all he did, it would have been enough to leave a lasting legacy on New Orleans. But amid it all, he also found time to be one of the most high-profile civic activists and most generous philanthropists of his generation. In 2014, he became the first Louisiana member of the United Way’s “Million Dollar Club,” in recognition of a $1 million gift he made to the United Way of Southeast Louisiana, the largest single donation from an individual in the organization’s history. In so doing, he’s taken the longtime real estate refrain — “location, location, location” — and added an affirming new verse: “donation, donation, donation.”

THE ARTIST: Saegan Swanson

THE INSPIRATION: “Bob Merrick is a true real estate visionary and one of our region’s great humanitarians.” — UNO President Peter Fos, in announcing the awarding of an honorary doctorate to Merrick in 2014