Chancellor Jack M. Weiss and the LSU Law Center community join countless friends and family in mourning the passing of Ben Mount, Chairman of the LSU Board of Supervisors. Mount, a 1974 graduate of the Law School, passed away on Saturday, November 3 following a courageous battle with cancer. While at the law school, Mount was a member of Phi Delta Phi international legal fraternity and Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society.
“The LSU Law community is greatly saddened by the loss of our distinguished graduate, LSU Board Chair Ben Mount. Through his professional competence and integrity, his tireless service to LSU, and his many other generous efforts to improve the lives of his fellow citizens, Ben’s life provides a worthy role model for our students and alumni,” said Chancellor Weiss. “On a personal level, to know Ben Mount was to like Ben Mount. Ben was kind, unassuming, and straightforward. He smiled constantly even when he was fighting serious illness. The faculty, staff, and students of LSU Law send our heartfelt condolences to Sen. Willie Mount and the rest of Ben’s family.”
Scott Sternberg, Class of 2010, served with Mount on the Board of Supervisors when Sternberg was elected as the student member of the Board for 2009-10. “LSU Law Center has lost a great friend,” Sternberg said. “Ben Mount was the kind of guy who cared about everyone he met. He cared deeply about LSU, the LSU Law Center, and especially the students at LSU Law Center. He always asked me ‘what do the students think?’”
James P. Roy, Past Chairman, LSU Board of Supervisors, said, “Ben passionately believed he could help LSU attain its full potential. As a board member, he fought for LSU to do just that. He was a good man with a big heart. The LSU community will miss Ben.”
An attorney with the Lake Charles law firm of Bergstedt & Mount, Mr. Mount specialized in credit union law; civil litigation, medical malpractice and product liability defense as well as real estate title work. He was a member of the American Bar Association, Louisiana State and Southwest Louisiana Bar associations as well as a member of the Southwest Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, the Louisiana Society of Hospital Attorneys, a fellow of the Louisiana Bar Foundation, and member of the Bar Association of the U.S. Fifth Circuit.