Claude O. West, of Minden, joined several others recently when he was inducted into the LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction.
A 1949 graduate of LSU, West joined his father in 1959 to create West & Company of Louisiana, Inc. They led the company as it grew to 39 stores in five states.
West is retired but remains active in civic and professional organizations. He has been married to Leatrice for 65 years. They have three daughters, seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.