Carol and Bob Cudd each grew up in north Louisiana but didn’t meet until they were students at Tulane University in New Orleans. They ultimately settled in Monroe, Louisiana, and later in Taos, New Mexico, but New Orleans and Tulane were to be constants in their lives.
After graduating from Tulane’s School of Law, Bob practiced law in Monroe for two decades, also serving as president of the Fourth Judicial District Bar Association, and as Monroe City Attorney. He then became active in mortgage banking and served on the boards of Central Bank in Monroe and its successor, First Commerce Corporation in New Orleans.
Carol graduated with a degree in history from Sophie Newcomb College of Tulane University where she was active in student government and elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She and Bob raised four daughters and she was very active in community affairs. She also continued her support of Newcomb and Tulane, serving as president of the Newcomb Alumnae Association, and as a member of the Tulane Board of Administrators from 1994-2006.
Bob’s early Tulane involvement centered on athletics as he served on the athletic committee of the Tulane Board and chaired its Development Committee. Bob and Carol also served on the President’s Council.
They have established numerous scholarships and programs at Tulane, including:
The Carol Downes Cudd Scholarship
The Robert C. Cudd, III Scholarship
The Strawberry People Scholarship
The Robert C. Cudd, III Professorship in Environmental Law
The Carol Downes Cudd Fund for Newcomb Student Leadership Programs
Bob made the lead gift which culminated in the naming of the renovated Robert C. Cudd, III Hall on the Tulane Campus.
In recognition of their support for Tulane, Bob and Carol were inducted into the Paul Tulane Society. Bob was also named an outstanding 50 year alumnus of his A & S class of 1958 by the Tulane Emeritus Club. And Carol received this honor for her Newcomb College class the next year.
Gathering with Tulane friends through the years for reunions and Tulane events (particularly football games) was a treasured tradition. This group came to be known as the Strawberry People, and Bobby Boudreau was its heart and soul.