THE ICON: Eve Butterworth Dibert
THE LEGACY: Eve Butterworth Dibert, a native of Woodville, Mississippi, who lived in New Orleans for about 35 years, was a formidable philanthropic force in the early third of the 20th century, giving away upwards of $2 million (the equivalent of about $30 million today) to institutions such as Charity Hospital, Hope Haven, Hotel Dieu Hospital and the Eye, Ear Nose & Throat Hospital. Two notable buildings erected with Dibert money – and named for her husband – are John Dibert Elementary School and the John Dibert Tuberculosis Hospital, which is part of the Charity Hospital campus. In recognition of her work, she received The Times-Picayune Loving Cup for 1917.
THE ARTIST: Maddie Stratton
THE INSPIRATION: “The erection of this hospital … marks a milestone of progress in the handling of the tuberculosis problem in Louisiana. Of the many generous gifts which Mrs. Dibert has so freely offered to our people, none have failed to meet expectations and we feel sure that this will surpass them all.” — From The Monroe News-Star, July 23, 1925, on the construction of the Dibert Tuberculosis Hospital