Frank Fortunato ‘71, St. Sebastian Award Recipient

Frank Fortunato entered Loyola on a baseball scholarship in 1966. As a centerfielder and pitcher, he helped Loyola to four winning seasons. The four-year letterman graduated in 1971 with a degree in Business Administration.

Following graduation, Fortunato became a physical education teacher and coach for three years in the Catholic school system. At the conclusion of his teaching career, Fortunato became a French Quarter retailer for the next 25 years.

Fortunato was an active member of the Bourbon Street Merchants Association and the French Quarter Property Owners Association for many years. He is currently retired and now serves on several non-profit boards including the Wally Pontiff, Jr. Foundation and Al Copeland Foundation. Additionally, Fortunato is a member of the St. Ann Men’s Club and an active parishioner of St. Ann Church in Metairie, Louisiana.

Fortunato is a founding member and chairman of the Rags Scheuermann Scholarship Fund, an endowment distributed annually to a baseball student-athlete at Loyola. The committee has raised over $120,000 toward the fund. Similarly, Fortunato and his wife Patty chaired the Parents Annual Giving Fund at Loyola in 1999.

Director of Athletics and Wellness and head men’s basketball coach Dr. Michael Giorlando says of Fortunato, “Mr. Frank Fortunato has been a tireless worker in assisting the athletic department in reaching and surpassing our goal for the Rags Scheuerrmann Baseball Endowed Scholarship. His enthusiasm is contagious and we are extremely grateful for his dedication to this important cause.”

Mr. and Mrs. Fortunato have 12 grandchildren and currently reside in Metairie. His family is a Loyola legacy as his daughter Natalie Godbold graduated in 2008, his son, Jody, is a graduate of the College of Law in 2008 and his two step-daughters are graduates as well: Alisha Ruiz ’02 and Charlotte Womac ’01.