McManus, Dr. Robert

Janet Fox  |  4/13/2017 2:55:43 PM

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Dr. Robert McManus, known by many as “Dr. Mac,” has been a part of Acadia 4-H since 1964 and continues to serve important roles.

Dr. Mac was a Livestock Project Leader for 20-plus years; a Louisiana Livestock Sanitary Board member for 20-plus years and its vice chairman for 10 years; a Southwest District Livestock Show Board member for 22-plus years, including president; an Acadia Parish Livestock Board member; and an Acadia Parish Rice Arena Board member since its inception, until 2007.

Dr. McManus was the board chairman of the Louisiana 4-H Foundation Board in 1998 and remains a member and contributor. He also was elected as a member of the Acadia Parish School Board for 12 years.

Dr. Mac’s true devotion has been recognized in many ways. He has been awarded several honors:

  • The state Citation of Outstanding Service to 4-H for the years 1980 to 1990.
  • The state recognition for Outstanding Service to 4-H in 1990.
  • A proclamation of “Dr. Robert McManus Day” in the town of Iota for his 26 years’ service to Iota schools, teams and coaches.
  • Recognition by fellow Acadians in 1990 for his kindness.
  • An Achievement Day honoree for Acadia Parish in 1991.
  • An honorary membership in Iota High FFA Chapter and the state’s Epsilon Sigma Phi National Honor Society Fraternity.
  • Induction into the Southwest District Hall of Fame in 2016.

Livestock has always been Dr. McManus’ true passion. Once his children became involved in the livestock program he studied livestock husbandry. He used this knowledge to educate livestock families throughout Acadia Parish and assisted them with medical needs for their livestock. Many families in his community remember him making house calls for their livestock emergencies – something he didn’t even do as a doctor, which showed his true devotion to the livestock project.

Dr. McManus was always offering a helping hand, whether it was purchasing or hauling livestock for families in need. As president for five years and chairman of the scholarship committee on the Southwest District Livestock Show Board, one of his major contributions was the development of the Southwest District Livestock Participation Scholarship, which is still offered today.

Those who work with him say, “Dr. McManus, strived on, leaving a legacy by his years of service to the Louisiana 4-H Program and continuously working with families and leading our youth to be future leaders. A true impact not only to his community but to his parish, district and state defines the hard work, support and dedication Dr. Mac has given throughout the years showing that through perseverance, anything is possible.”

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