The Emeritus Club of Tulane University

Each year, all members of the university-wide 50-year class are honored by being automatically inducted as de facto members of the Emeritus Club during the annual Emeritus Induction and Awards Ceremony. 

The Emeritus Club strives to keep members of 50 year and earlier classes, and Emeritus faculty, in touch and connected with each other and to the University, offering a forum for educational and social activities, a contact for travel and services, support for other Tulane programs, and rendering all possible assistance to the University in maintaining its excellence.

Lifetime Achievement of the Emeritus Class Award for the Class of 1967

The Lifetime Achievement of the Emeritus Class Award is given in recognition of outstanding scholarship, excellence in career field and demonstration of loyalty to Tulane/Newcomb over the years. The Class of 1967 has named Walter E. Blessey, Jr. and Stanley A. Motta as winners of this year's award.

Walter E. Blessey, Jr.

Walter E. Blessey, Jr is CEO of Blessey Marine Services, Inc., located in Harahan, Louisiana. Blessey earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering, a J.D. in Law, and attended classes for a Masters in Business Administration from Tulane University in New Orleans. He also attended the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland and the University of Washington in pursuit of said degrees. He began his career at what is currently Entergy, with responsibility for fuel purchasing and transportation. He founded what is now Blessey Marine in 1978. He owns and operates one of the youngest and largest multi-faceted inland tank barge and towing vessel fleets in the United States, employing over 800 people. There are currently 70 boats in operation and nearly 150 barges carrying cargoes which include residual fuels, asphalt, lubricating oils, petroleum feedstocks, refined petroleum products, petrochemicals, alcohols, and LNG. An affiliated company, WEB Fleeting, LLC, operates a fleeting operation, located on the San Jacinto River Basin in Channelview, Texas. This state-of-the art operation is within minutes of virtually every dock facility in the Houston Harbor.

Blessey has served on the Board of Directors of American Waterways Operators, and has been a member of their Executive Committee. He also served as past Chairman of AWO’s Inland Liquid Sector. In 1999, Blessey was inducted into the Louisiana Business Hall of Fame; and then in 2013, he was awarded Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of Year for the Gulf States. He has participated in numerous non-profit activities in the New Orleans community and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement. In the past seven years or so, Blessey has raised over $1 million for Junior Achievement. He has also participated in fundraising activities for Children’s Hospital and the Audubon Zoo raising six figures of revenue for each. Over the last thirty years, Blessey has served on various boards including St. Martin’s Episcopal School. He is currently on the Board of Overseers for the Hoover Institution.

During the 1990s, Blessey owned and operated thirteen automobile franchises and was the largest car dealer in Louisiana and Mississippi, employing over 1,000 people. He liquidated the dealerships in or before 2003.

Blessey is married and has two grown daughters, three step-daughters, five grandsons and three granddaughters. He and his wife, Jane Ann, enjoy traveling between their homes in Mandeville, Louisiana, Big Sky, Montana, Destin, Florida, Carmel, California and Charleston, South Carolina.

Stanley A. Motta

Stanley A. Motta completed his undergraduate studies at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.  He is chairman of the board of Copa Holding (NYSE CPA), ASSA Group, as well as Inversiones Bahia, Ltd., a diversified holding company in Central America with investments in finance, media,  retail and distribution sectors.  Motta is director of Banco General, Televisora Nacional and several other companies.

Over the past three decades he has expanded his organization throughout Latin America, emphazing the need for corporate social responsibility.  Motta is chairman of Sumarse, an organization for the promotion of CSR.  He is trustee of ANCON, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving biodiversity, is member of the Latin American Council for Conservation in cooperation with TNC and the innovative City of Knowledge in Panama. He is also founder and trustee of the Central America Leadership Initiative (CALI), chairman of the Advisory Board of INCAE, member of the Advisory Board of  IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain.  Additionally, Motta is board member of the Trust for the Americas associated with the Organization of American States and was honored with the Americas Society Gold Medal 2010 and distinguished with the Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship 2016 for the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Motta was the chairman of the Regional Interoceanic Authority (ARI) the panamanian government entity that received and managed the assets that were not part of the Panama Canal Operations as a result of the Torrijos-Carter Treaty between the United States and Panama.


A Message from Emeritus Club President Sylvan Steinberg:

Dear Tulane Emeritus: 

First of all, let me introduce myself to those of you I have not yet had an opportunity to meet.

I am Sylvan Steinberg. I am a graduate of the Tulane Business School (1955) and a graduate of the Tulane Law School (1957). I have been a member of the Emeritus Club and its Board for a number of years.

I have enjoyed serving on the Board in various positions, and I am sincerely pleased and honored to have been asked to now serve as its President. It will be very difficult to follow in the footsteps of last year’s President, Dan Hurley, and all of the previous presidents as they all did a terrific job as presidents of the Board of the Emeritus Club.

As you all know, Tulane University is a great and strong university.  Your membership and participation in the Emeritus Club and on its Board and committees only adds to its strength. Tulane has not only great leadership, faculty and facilities, but so many programs, activities and outstanding functions. You will hear more about these programs and activities as the academic year progresses, and we certainly hope you will continue to participate in them.  Should you have any ideas for programs or activities, or any issues we should consider, please don’t hesitate to let me or Director of Lifelong Learning Ashley Perkins know about them.

I can be reached at (504) 299-3323 (office), (504) 895-0128 (home), or (e-mail) and Ashley can be reached at (504) 314-2972, or

I look forward to serving as your President and to working with you.

And, as always -----


Sylvan Steinberg


(l to r) Emeritus Club Past President Dan Hurley and current President Sylvan Steinberg at Bea Field Alumni House.

AWARD CRITERIA : Lifetime Achievement of the Emeritus Class

*Nominations are no long being accepted