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“We will all miss Bill, he was such a unique and wonderful friend. ”
1 of 13 | Posted by: Richard Phillips - New Orleans, LA

“The friendship and experiences Bill and I shared during our 5 years at Hartford Art School created an indelible memory. Although distance and life...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Richard Malinsky - Madison, CT

“I's been 20 or more years since Bill and hung out at Mariner's watching Jeapardy. I loved all the casting parties, the gun shows and eating at Rocky...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Gary Wilson - Des Allemands, ID

“I am the great nephew of Marian and George Berkett of New Orleans. When I was a child (I am 44 now) George took me to Mr. Ludwig's studio. I was wide...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Jay Sears - Rye, NY

“I'll always remember visiting Bill in his studio in New Orleans, helping with his castings, enjoying great conversations and icy cold beer. He was...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Chad Bushnell - Houston, TX

“Elaine: I am so sorry to read of Bill's passing. I pray that you will find some consolation in remembering all of the wonderful sculptures he...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Charles J. Nunez - New Orleans, LA

“Bill, thanks for all the patience and persistence with the Viet Nam Memorial. Our friendship will endure forever. Semper Fi! Bill Ryan ”
7 of 13 | Posted by: William F. Ryan - New Orleans

“I remember with pleasure the nights I watched the making of art and the pleasure it gave. My husband George admired Bill asa person and as an artist...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Marian Mayer Berkett (Mrs. George Berkett) - LA

“Elaine, Please accept our heart felt condolences on Bill's passing. He was a good friend and teacher, as everything I know about investment casting...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Anne & Gary Davis - Covington, LA

“Elaine, our prayers are with you, please know that we think of you often. Love you, Priscilla & Donnis ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Donnis & Priscilla Davis - LA

“I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He will truly be missed. My condolences to Elaine and the the family. ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: Susan Webre - Baton Rouge, LA

“We are so sorry to hear of Mr. Bills passing. we have fond memories oof Mr Bill at reenactments and ar Mariners Restaurant. Our prayers are with you...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Janice Freeman Hilborn - LA

“I am sorry to hear about Bill's passing. I have fond memories of him at the reenactments. I hope all is going well with the family. ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: Laura Becker - Friend


William (Bill) Ludwig, died November 20, 2011, at Hospice House in Hammond, LA. He was 76 years old. He is survived by wife, Elaine, a sister, Alison McLean, a niece and three nephews.
Bill was born in 1935 in Hartford, CT. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany from 1953 to 1956 and subsequently attended the University of Connecticut for four years under the GI Bill. He went on to earn a BFA at Hartford Art School and an MFA at Newcomb College in sculpture in 1968. That same year he began a cooperative foundry with another sculptor and had his first one-man show at a professional gallery. Ludwig managed his own studio/foundry operation in New Orleans from 1972 to 1985 when he designed and built his own art casting foundry/studio in Albany, LA. Since receiving his MFA, Ludwig has worked as a sculptor and has participated in numerous juried and invitational shows, 30 one-man shows and 26 two-person shows. He has also served on the faculties at Loyola and Tulane Universities in New Orleans.
Ludwig created and cast the Louisiana Vietnam Veterans' Memorial at the Superdome, the portrait of Malcolm Woldenberg and his grandson for Woldenberg Park near the Aquarium, and the statue of fictional character Ignatius Reilly from The Confederacy of Dunces for the Chateau Sonesta Hotel on Canal Street. He also sculpted a life-sized bronze Crucified Christ and the Virgin Mary as a young girl for St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Slidell. Other public sculptures include two citrus workers for Leu Gardens in Orlando, FL and an older man and young boy seated in conversation for Presbyterian Homes in Lake Forest, IL.
Bill was a member of four high-IQ organizations: MENSA, ISPE, Triple Nine Society and Intertel.
There will not be a funeral, and in lieu of flowers, contributions to North Oaks Hospice, P. O. Box 2668, Hammond, LA 70404 or to Richard Murphy Hospice House, 16013 Halbert Rd., Hammond, LA 70403 would be appreciated.
A Celebration of Bill's Life will take place at Mariners' Inn, 117 West Thomas, Hammond, LA 70401 on Tuesday, November 29th between 2:00 and 4:30 P.M.