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Hall of Fame

Vandebilt Catholic Hall of Fame Induction 2017-2018

On Sunday, February 25, 2018, Vandebilt Catholic High School inducted two new members into its Hall of Fame.  Dr. William St. Martin and Mr. Gary Phillips were inducted during a ceremony held at HTV Studios in Houma.

Dr. William Hanson St. Martin

Dr. William St. Martin, a native of Houma, LA, was born the fourth son of Dr. Roy and Jeanne St. Martin. After graduating from Vandebilt Catholic High School in 1982, he received his Bachelors of Science from Nicholls State University and subsequently graduated from Louisiana State University Health Shreveport- School of Medicine in 1991. He completed his residency at the University of Alabama College Capstone and returned to Houma in 1994 to launch his Family Medicine practice.  Dr. St. Martin is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has been practicing Family Medicine in Houma for over 20 years. Bill is married to Nancy Rau ‘83, also a Vandebilt Catholic alumna. Bill and Nancy have raised a beautiful family with six children, all of whom are graduates of Vandebilt Catholic: Hanson ‘08, Patrick ‘10, Christian ‘12, Thomas ‘15, Adele ‘16, and Richard graduating this year. This year they welcomed to their blossoming family two beautiful grandchildren, Eloise and Roy.

In 2003, when his oldest son started 8th grade at VCHS and joined the football team, Bill became more involved as team physician. He was initially a spectator and fan, but slowly transitioned to provide medical care as well. While attending a football game in 2006, Bill was close to the action of the game when a referee collapsed and needed emergency medical attention.  He was the first to begin providing emergency medical care, administering CPR until the referee could be safely transferred to the hospital. Bill was later awarded the TGMC Heroes at Heart award along with other medical personnel who followed suit to aid the gentlemen in need. The 65 year old referee was able to attend the ceremony and personally thank all involved in his emergency care. Bill has served as a member of the Pastoral Council at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral. He enjoys being a celebrity chef for the annual Haven benefit.  He has, for many years, provided physicals for the annual Terrebonne Parish Free Physicals for high school athletes. He also provides physicals to campers of the Salvation Army Camp. His involvement with Louis Children’s Crisis Center dates back to 1994, and he has instilled into his children the same love for giving back to this wonderful nonprofit. Perhaps his most passionate service he is involved with is being a preceptor for third and fourth year medical students for LSUMC-New Orleans, Shreveport, and Tulane.

Bill credits teachers and faculty of Vandebilt Catholic for helping to shape his outlook and attitude toward advancing his higher education goals such as Brother Alfred Kolb for showing him how to harness the power of the English language, Dennis Martel for his ability to extract a deeper understanding for the subject at hand and not accept the ordinary as adequate. Irma Dover Colasurdo for her simple, consistent, kind, and fair execution of her curriculum and expecting the best from her students. Repose en Paix There is no doubt that Catholic education has played a pivotal role in his evolution as well as his children’s. He states “The foundation provided by VCHS’s faculty and staff has launched me and my children on a path of success, for which I am most grateful.”

Mr. Alan Gary Phillips

Mr. Gary Phillips has been a teacher of American History, AP Government and Photography at Vandebilt Catholic for the past 18 years. He is the Social Studies Department Chairman and Varsity Quiz Bowl Moderator. Gary has been part of the Houma-Thibodaux area school system for 49 years. His classroom at VCHS, a must on campus tours, is like a museum, filled with collected military uniforms, medals, and other artifacts.

Gary Phillips, a native of Houma, LA, graduated from South Terrebonne High School in 1965. He then earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Social Studies from Nicholls State University. After graduation, Gary began his teaching career at Legion Park Middle School in 1970. He then returned to NSU and earned two Master’s Degrees, one in Education and one in Guidance and Counseling. His teaching career continued, as he took a job teaching English and American History at Edward Douglas White High School in 1973. Gary spent 27 years teaching at E.D. White, while holding a number of titles, including six years as Principal. After deciding to move back to the classroom, Gary began teaching at Vandebilt in 2000. Parishioner of St. Bernadette Catholic Church for 40 years, Gary always instilled a love of God and country into his children and grandchildren. His two daughters attended St. Bernadette Catholic Elementary School and later graduated from Catholic high schools; Angie Phillips Ponson, from Vandebilt Catholic High School in 1990 and Allyson Phillips from E.D. White Catholic High School in 1994.

Gary has won numerous awards throughout his professional career. Highlighted awards include VCHS Teacher of the Year, Distinguished Educator by the United States Department of Education, and most recently, Terrebonne Parish Teacher of the Year by the American Legion. He was also the only recipient named for the “You Made a Difference Award” by Nicholls State University every year of the program’s existence from 2003-2016. Outside of the classroom, Gary has extended his passion for history to the community by offering over 20 lectures and presentations of his vast military collections to various groups including local Rotary clubs, Kiwanis, and the Terrebonne Parish Genealogical Society. He is a member of the Living History Crew of the U.S.S. Alabama in Mobile, LA and a member of the Louisiana Chapter Spanish Royal Artillery reenactment group. He has also interviewed over 40 veterans, published their stories, and has organized Vandebilt Catholic’s Veterans Day Program since 2003. He encourages his students to also interview, write, and annually compete in the VFW Voice of Democracy Program and archive biographies of veteran interviews to preserve these priceless stories.

Gary has not only taught American History to both students and the community for forty-nine years, he has lived it with his family and instilled a sense of appreciation in his students, past and present. “I try to go beyond the book. I try to impress upon them, everyone we talk about started somewhere just like you. They weren’t born great. They became great people because of their commitment and passion for whatever they did. I want these kids to realize that within them is greatness.”

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Hall of Fame

Past Inductees


Honorees must be deserving long-time supporters, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, or others who have served Vandebilt faithfully and well. Up to four individuals may be chosen each year.  Decisions are rendered by a committee of administrators, faculty, and alumni.



Mr. Gerald Albert

Brother Casimir, S.C.

Ms. Tracy Duplantis

Sister Mary Fabian, M.S.C.

Mr. Stephen Kenney, Jr.

Mr. Ellis LaRose

Mr. Lucas “Buddy” Marcello

Mr. Conrad Picou, Sr.

Mr. Eugene Robichaux

Father August Vandebilt



Bishop Maurice Schexnayder

Sister Mary of St. Lua, M.S.C.



Brother Alfred Kolb, S.C.

Mr. Ben Landry



Sister Mary Theo Noel, M.S.C.

Brother Bernard Tunney, S.C.



Sister Kateri Battaglia, M.S.C.



Judge J. Louis Watkins, Jr.



Sister Margaret Paul Breaux, M.S.C.



Mr. David Keife



Ms. Ruth H. Robichaux



Mr. James J. Buquet, Jr.

Mrs. Beverly Cazayoux

Mr. Albert Lasseigne

Brother Donald McGrath, S.C



Mr. Robert Acosta 

Mrs. Imelda Acosta

Mr. Gerald Collins

Brother Gaspar Rodrigue, S.C.



Mrs. Irma Colasurdo

Mrs. June Forshag

Mr. Lloyd Morgan

Mr. John Wiemann



Brother Eldon Crifasi, S.C.

Brother Carl Evans, S.C.

Dr. Richard M. Haydel

Mr. Jeff Laque, Jr.



Mr. Jack Becker

Mr. Michael X. St. Martin

Mr. Carroll Toups

Mrs. Theresa “Trub” Toups



Mr. Albert “Sugar” Guidry

Ms. JoAnn Hebert

Dr. Brian Matherne

Mr. Frank Poretto, Sr.



Dr. Garland P. Aycock, Jr.

Mr. James Goodwin

Sister Immaculata Paisant, M.S.C.



Mr. Claude Bergeron

Mrs. Bess Evans

Father Patrick O’Brien



Mr. A.J. Dagate

Mr. Ray Marcello



 Dr. Sep Hymel

Mrs. Deanna Martin

Mr. Jerry Martin



Mr. L.G. Gautreaux, III



Mrs. Emily Elmore

Mr. Pete Lambert



Dr. Allen Ellender

Mr. Luigi Vegas



Mrs. Brenda Felger

Mr. Wm. Clifford Smith



Brother Ray Kuhn, S.C.

Mr. Gary J. Labat, Sr.



Mr. Donald Banowetz, Sr.

Mr. Calvin Buxton



Mrs. Angelique T. Barker

Mr. Thomas Chauvin



Mr. Terry P. Braud

Mrs. Margaret Haydel Johnson



Mrs. Pat Bourg Boquet

Mrs. Dianne Mader Savoie



Dr. William St. Martin

Mr. Gary Phillips


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