Always a Cardinal

When you become a member of the E.D. White community, you become a member for life. The journey as a Cardinal does not end at graduation. We take pride in honoring our alumni as well as those who became integral through service to our school community.

Michelle Keife

Alumni Director
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2019-2020 Alumnus of the Year

Danielle Hemard Melton '88

Dr. Melton is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston (UTHealth).  She is the Director of the Limb Loss (Amputee) Program at Memorial Herman–The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR-MH), internationally recognized as one of the leading rehabilitation programs.  Dr. Melton received her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University and completed medical school and residency at Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Melton specializes in the rehabilitation of Orthopedic Trauma with an emphasis on non-surgical management of patients with limb salvage and amputation encompassing pre-prosthetic or bracing management, prosthetic design and prescription, rehabilitation and pain management following patients long-term to provide comprehensive continuity of care.

Dr. Melton serves as co-chair for the Limb Restoration Rehabilitation Group of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, on the advisory board for BCM Orthotics and Prosthetics program, Scientific Medical Advisory Committee of the Amputee Coalition championing Medicare Physician Documentation and Limb Loss Prevention Task Force to create an Amputee Model Systems.   She also serves on the board for Rehabilitation Services Volunteer Program as Amputee Director providing under and non-resourced patients with limb loss much needed equipment, prosthetics and therapy.  Her research involves novel approaches to treating phantom limb pain and neuromas, limb salvage with Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium (METRC) and innovations in prosthetic components.  She was selected as the scientific chair for the NIH funded/ Mayo Clinic PI for the Limb Loss and Preservation Registry.

Dr. Melton is recognized internationally as a medical expert in her field, frequently invited as a guest lecturer to national and international conferences on topics including Creating A Model System of Amputee Care, Bridging the Gap between Military and Civilian Care, Innovative Surgical Techniques for Amputations including Osseo-Integration and Targeted Muscle Re-innervation, Best Practices for Upper Limb Prosthetic Evaluation.

Dr. Melton has been selected by her peers to “Best Doctors in America” from 2009-2019; “America’s Top Physicians” since 2010, a selection by the Consumer’s Research Council of America.  She has been listed among “Texas Super Doctors Rising Stars 2013” peer recognized in professional achievement and Houston’s Top Doctors 2014-2019, Texas Super Doctors 2014-2019 and International Physician Leaders of the World.

2019-2020 Hall of Fame Inductee

Gary Phillips

Gary graduated from South Terrebonne High School in 1965, and then attended Nicholls State University where he graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in English and Social Studies. He received a Masters of Education with a concentration in English in 1974 and Masters of Education with a concentration in Guidance and Counseling in 1981.                                          

Gary was a classroom teacher for 49 years. He began his career at Legion Park Middle School in 1970, and was a graduate assistant at Nicholls State University in 1972. He began teaching at E.D. White Catholic High School in 1973 and moved on to Vandebilt Catholic High School in 2000. He retired as a classroom teacher in 2018.                                                              

Gary worked at E.D. White for 27 years from 1973 through 2000 and served in many different capacities at the school. He began his career as an English teacher and was department head from 1975 to 1978, and then taught American History and served as Social Studies department head from 1981 through 1986. During his tenure as a teacher, Phillips also coached 8th and 9th grade boys’ basketball from 1973 to 1975 and varsity girls basketball from 1976 to 1982. In 1980 the girls varsity basketball team advanced to the state quarterfinals. Phillips was the yearbook moderator from 1982 to 1991 and Guidance Counselor from 1982 to 1988. In 1988, Phillips became Director of Public Relations and served in that capacity until 1994. He was named the first lay principal of E.D. White in 1994 and served in that role until 2000.                                                                   

Phillips has been a featured columnist on photography in Trends Magazine, a newsletter editor for the World War II Roundtable Discussion Group, and a state winner of an essay contest for teachers sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. In 1981, Phillips was the recipient of the J. Peter Fell Award as the outstanding teacher of American History in the State of Louisiana. In 1990, he received the Dr. James P. Bordelon Award as the outstanding Catholic school teacher in Lafourche Parish. In 2007, Phillips was named the outstanding teacher of American History in the state of Louisiana by the Louisiana Federation of Republican Women. In 2009, he was named a Distinguished Educator by the U.S. Department of Education and was honored at a banquet in Washington, D.C. In 2018, Phillips was named the Vandebilt Catholic High School Teacher of the Year for the second time, and was inducted into the Vandebilt Catholic High School Hall of Fame.                                                                

Gary Phillips is still active in many different living history reenactment groups such as the Gulf Coast Artillery Group and the U.S.S. Alabama reenactment crew.                                                              

Gary has two daughters and three grandsons. Phillips said, “I have tried to instill in my children and my grandchildren an appreciation for, and a love for our country’s history and heritage. Our family vacations centered on historical sites in our country – battlefields, museums and presidential libraries. I have shared my knowledge acquired over the years in college classes, extensive readings and personal interviews with veterans. My family has a rich history of military service, dating back to the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. I want my family, especially my grandsons, to be aware of this tradition of service, and hopefully, see their role in continuing it.”