THE POST-SIGNAL / Desiray Seaux
The Crowley Rotary Club recently presented the Rotary Vocational Award to Dr. Benton de la Houssaye, center. Presenting the award were Suzy Webb, president, left, and Mary Zaunbrecher.
De la Houssaye presented Crowley Rotary Vocational Award
The Crowley Rotary Club recently presented a Vocational Award to Dr. Benton Cason “Icky” de la Houssaye.
Prior to presenting de la Housssaye with the award Mary Zaunbrecher read a preprepared a speech highlighting de la Houssaye’s life works.
Her speech read as follows:
“Dr. delaHoussaye was born and raised in Crowley. He attended Riverside Military school, LSU, University of Colorado and Tulane Medical School with his internship at Charity Hospital in New Orleans and his Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Touro.
“In 1966, he was drafted into the Air Force and was stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, South Dakota. He achieved the rank of major and was vice commander of the 821st Medical Group.
“In 1968, he was honorably discharged and began a solo practice as an OB/GYN in Jennings.
“Four years later, in 1970, he joined Dr. Boustany and Dr. Stickley in Crowley. Then, 10 years later, he joined Dr. Michael Melancon and they have been practicing together ever since.
“De la Houssaye has been in private practice for 50 years. As one can imagine, he has delivered three generations and performed multiple surgeries.
“Since his return from the Air Force, de la Houssaye has been a member of the American Legion, Post 15. As a member, he has served as chaplin, vice commander and commander.
“He has traveled to Haiti with a charitable group to help serve women in need of medical attention. He has been a dedicated doctor to his profession and never turned away a patient for lack of insurance or funds.
“De la Houssaye has served on the board of the American Legion Hospital and as chief of staff of the hospital. He currently serves on the board of Acadia General Hospital. You can find him seeing patients three days a week but does not deliver babies.
“De la Houssaye is married to Crowley Rotarian Isabella and they are the proud parents of four children – Isabella Crane, Nadia Vreeland, Benton and Elise Frantzen. They are the very proud grandparents of 12 grandchildren.
“Congratulations and thank you, Dr. de la Houssaye, for your service in our community!”
The Crowley Rotary Club exploded with applause and gave de la Houssaye a standing ovation, thanking him for his service to the community for over 50 years.