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Roger Ogden to receive 2016 Times-Picayune Loving Cup


By John Pope,

The Times-Picayune

When he was 15 years old and lying atop a rock in a postcard-perfect New Hampshire lake in a camp his grandfather built, Roger Ogden had a realization that would set the course for the rest of his life.

"I remember lying there and looking up at the gorgeous blue sky and started philosophizing about who I was and what I wanted to be and do," he said. "In that moment, it was very clear to me that I wanted to give back. I wanted to serve and give back."

Ogden, 71, has lived up to that ambition, with proof throughout New Orleans and at LSU, his alma mater. A lawyer who became a successful real estate developer, Ogden held leadership positions in the initiatives that led to the building of the Aquarium of the Americas and development of the adjoining Woldenberg Park; the restoration of the Wild Life and Fisheries Building, the Beaux Arts structure in the French Quarter that houses the state Supreme Court and the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal; and the art museum in the Warehouse District that bears his surname. Ogden's gift of about 600 paintings and sculptures makes up the core of the collection, which has more than 5,000 pieces, said Bradley Sumrall, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art's curator


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