Blanco is the only female to be Louisiana governor. She served from 2004 to 2008, and directed recovery hurricane recovery efforts in 2005.
The following is a statement from Dr. Joseph Savoie, University of Louisiana at Lafayette president, on the death of Judge Kaliste J. Saloom Jr.:
“We have lost a community icon.
“Judge Saloom was a walking encyclopedia of University and community history.
“He not only knew the facts of history, but the nuances behind the facts.
“He was an integral participant in the development and evolution of the University, and while his presence at University events will be missed, his legacy will be remembered and cherished.”
Photo caption: Judge Kaliste J. Saloom Jr. and his wife, Yvonne, are seen at a Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns game in an undated photo provided by the Saloom family.