Meet the Board Monday: Deborah Lamb, Class of 1974
Deborah is a native of Baton Rouge and attended Walnut Hills Elementary (now BRCVPA), Westdale Jr. High and Baton Rouge High School. Post-graduation, she attended Converse College in South Carolina and LSU earning a B.A in History and Juris Doctorate. Deborah is of counsel (retired) with Taylor, Porter, Brooks and Phillips, L.L.P and gives all of her love and attention to her dog, Hudson Lamb.
Her community service includes Volunteers in Public Schools – Advisory Panel, LSU Press – Advisory Board and The Southern Review.
BRHSF: Did you have a favorite teacher, club, sport or experience that made a long-term impact on you at BRHS?
DL: I participated in a number of clubs and activities at BRHS. My senior year, I served as Treasurer of Boosters. My fellow Boosters and I had a fine time learning to march with the band; cheering at ball games; and delivering candy and cakes to our athletes at their homes and in their lockers. The summer between my junior and senior years, I was a bat girl for the BRHS American Legion baseball team and spent many hours at Goldsby Field not perfecting my job responsibilities while having a great time.
BRHSF: What made you decide to join the BRHSF Board?
DL: I was asked by my good friend, David Fabre, if I’d be interested in serving in his place for the remainder of his term. As I have an immense fondness for BRHS, have participated in a number of its fundraisers, and have reviewed documents over the years for the board in a volunteer capacity, I knew the character of other board members and willingly agreed to serve.
BRHSF: Why is the Foundation’s mission of philanthropic support for BRHS important to you and to the community?
DL: BRHS is an educational gem in EBRP, educating a smart and diverse student population. The parish school system simply does not have the funds to provide all of the enhancements needed to challenge BRHS’ students to achieve their considerable capabilities. By providing philanthropic support, the Foundation helps BRHS achieve its mission of educating lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and ethical citizens, so necessary to ensuring a good quality of life in our increasingly technical, diverse and global environment
BRHSF: As a Board member do you have any personal goals for your service? What do you see as your most important role as a Board member?
DL: Having served on a number of nonprofit boards, to me, the most important roles of board members are governance and fundraising. I intend to be prepared at meetings; study the issues that come before the board; lend my legal expertise when needed; contribute financially to the Foundation; educate our community about the great things that are happening at BRHS; and encourage others to contribute to BRHS through the Foundation.
Fun Fact! Deborah once played on a golf team comprising of an elderly male and three female law partners that won the Baton Rouge Bar Association annual golf tournament, the Ball Maul. Her team had the worst raw score in the tournament, but the best modified score under the Modified Peoria, blind-hole system of scoring and each won a nice three wood. The tournament was not played the following year due to the general irritation of the previous year’s losers; but, after a complete revision of the rules, she believes it has resumed its annual status!