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"Walking Through New Orleans" - Victor H. Schiro 1904-1992


About Victor H. Schiro

Victor Hugo “Vic” Schiro (May 6, 1904 - August 29, 1992), was born in Chicago and moved to New Orleans with his parents as a child. In 1932 he married Mary Margaret Gibbes, better known as “Sunny.” He founded his own insurance company and by the 1940s had become a civic leader.

In 1950 Schiro was elected commissioner of public buildings and parks, followed by election to councilman-at-large in 1954. When DeLesseps S. "Chep" Morrison resigned as mayor in 1961 to become U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States, the City Council elected Schiro interim mayor. He subsequently won two full terms as Mayor of New Orleans in 1962 and 1965.

Schiro held to a simple governing philosophy, "if it’s good for New Orleans, I’m for it." His accomplishments included:

  • Ensuring the peaceful opening of integrated schools in 1961
  • Initiating a code of ethics for city employees
  • Sponsoring the creation of the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission
  • Establishing the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority
  • Directing Hurricane Betsy recovery

Mayor Schiro considered the arrival of the New Orleans Saints professional football team and the beginning of plans to build the Louisiana Superdome to be two of his foremost achievements.