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EN MAS’: Carnival and…

May 27 - Jun 7, 2015
Curated by Claire Tancons, Krista Thompson, EN MAS': Carnival and Performance… more

Jim Roche: Cultural…

May 27 - Jul 12, 2015
Born in 1943, Jim Roche received a BA from Florida State University (1961)… more

Le Petit Theatre…

May 27 - 31, 2015
This classic Stephen Sondheim and George Furth musical traces the lives of… more

Lecture: “Finding…

May 27 - 27, 2015
Join us at the Historic New Orleans Collection for the Lecture: "Finding… more

Pub Quiz

May 27 - 27, 2015
Join us every Wednesday at the Irish House for Pub Quiz. more

Purchased Lives: New…

May 27 - Jul 18, 2015
The Historic New Orleans Collection's newest exhibition, "Purchased… more

Remembering Jeffrey…

May 27 - 27, 2015
Join Carol Bebelle, Ron Bechet, Stella Jones, Margaret Slade Kelly, Martin… more

Tennessee Williams:…

May 27 - 31, 2015
Tennessee Williams was one of the most admired playwrights of the 20th century.… more

The Maison Dupuy…

May 27 - 27, 2015
Join us at the Maison Dupuy for Sippin' in the Courtyard. The Maison Dupuy will… more

The Victory Belles…

May 27 - 27, 2015
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

YLC Wednesday at the…

May 27 - 27, 2015
The 12-week concert series takes place in downtown New Orleans at Lafayette… more

ETCHYNPÜFE Group Show…

May 28 - 31, 2015
The Foundation Gallery is excited to host ETCHYNPÜFE, a group show… more

Jazz in the Park…

May 28 - 28, 2015
Jazz in the Park returns for eight straight weeks this spring, running from… more

The Irish House…

May 28 - 28, 2015
Join us at the Irish House for Patrick Cooper. more

Yappy Hour in the…

May 28 - 28, 2015
Join us for  Yappy Hour in the Courtyard at Rare Form, to benefit the… more

The Irish House…

May 29 - 29, 2015
Join us at the Irish House for Patie O'Sullivan. more

New Orleans Oyster…

May 30 - 31, 2015
You better not eat for days leading up to the 2015 New Orleans Oyster Festival.… more

NORDC Movies in the…

May 30 - 30, 2015
Join us for NORDC Movies in the Park screening of "Dolphin Tale… more

Saturday Farmers…

May 30 - Dec 26, 2015
We are excited to announce the Saturday Farmers Market at the French Market!… more

The Irish House…

May 30 - 30, 2015
Join us at the Irish House for One Tailed Three. more

EN MAS’: Carnival and…

May 27 - Jun 7, 2015
Curated by Claire Tancons, Krista Thompson, EN MAS': Carnival and Performance… more

New scholarship pays tribute to beloved opera singer and World War II volunteer

LOYOLA PRESS RELEASE - September 13, 2013

The late Iona Mae Heuer Aden, a talented singer and former Loyola University New Orleans student, epitomized the "Greatest Generation" by working as a senior administrator at the New Orleans Naval Air Station during World War II. The College of Music and Fine Arts is honoring her legacy with the dedication of the new Iona Mae Heuer Aden First Generation Endowed Scholarship.

Established by Aden's husband and daughters, the scholarship pays tribute to the late singer by providing young hopefuls with an opportunity to study the vocal arts. At a ceremony earlier this week, the first scholarship was awarded to freshman music education major Halima Jaber of Chalmette, La.

In the early 1940s at age 17, Aden received a scholarship to study voice at Loyola. Unfortunately, her promising singing career was interrupted by the outbreak of World War II. Determined to do her part to support the war effort, and in addition to singing at numerous USO events, Aden signed on as a civilian administrator for the local naval air base.

Early during the war, she met Lieutenant Ervin Aden, who was stationed briefly in New Orleans. The couple married on May 22, 1943, soon before he was sent to battle overseas. The lieutenant landed at Utah Beach on D-Day, but was wounded during heroic action and soon returned to the U.S. to start a family with his young wife.

The couple spent nearly 70 years together in New Orleans. During that time, Aden performed with the New Orleans Opera, served as lead soloist for the Gentilly Presbyterian Church and was invited to sing with the New York Metropolitan Opera. She passed away Jan. 12 at the age of 91.

For hi-res photos, contact Jess Brown in Loyola's Office of Public Affairs.