W&L Alum Wins Times-Picayune’s Loving Cup


The Times-Picayune, the daily newspaper in New Orleans, first awarded its Loving Cup in 1901. Its purpose has been to recognize citizens in New Orleans who have worked unselfishly for the community without expectation of public recognition or material reward. The 2008 winner is R. King Milling, Washington and Lee Class of 1962. The honor recognizes Milling’s work in saving the wetlands and restoring the coastline. He is chairman of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Restoration. Milling, who retired at the end of 2008 as president of Whitney Bank, has been involved in conservation efforts for the past decade, according to the lengthy profile that ran in the Times-Picayune over the weekend. He’s quoted in the story this way about his growing environmental interest: “It took on a life of its own. You end up grabbing the alligator by the tail, and you can’t let him go because he’ll bite the devil out of you.” The Loving Cup that Milling won is not the first for the family. Milling’s wife, Anne, who founded Women in the Storm, won the Loving Cup 13 years earlier.

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