THE ICON: Alden “Doc” Laborde
THE LEGACY: Doc Laborde started as a roustabout on an oil rig. But he was a quick study, and one with a knack for problem-solving that would see him hailed in some quarters as the father of the offshore oil industry. His innovations helped birth three publicly traded companies to serve the industry: Ocean Drilling and Exploration Co., better known as ODECO, which built the first offshore mobile drilling base, jump-starting the offshore industry; Tidewater Marine, which constructed offshore service vessels; and Gulf Island Fabrication Co., which made offshore oil-drilling platforms. His impact on the industry was so profound that in 1985, Fortune magazine inducted him in the National Business Hall of Fame, enshrining him alongside the likes of John D. Rockefeller, Walt Disney, Henry Ford, J.P. Morgan and Eli Whitney.
THE ARTIST: Saegan Swanson, WhereYart.net
THE INSPIRATION: “(Laborde is) a treasure of Christian charity, wit and wisdom, using each where applicable and all simultaneously where needed. He deserves his nickname, ‘Doc,’ for his ability to take care of any situation.” — Archbishop Philip M. Hannan