Professor available to share Hurricane Katrina memories

Thomas Coe

Thomas Coe, associate professor of finance, and his family recently moved back to Louisiana's North Shore, about 10 miles from where they lived when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. 

"While I was here in Hamden to start the academic year in August of 2005, my wife and two children, ages 8 and 6 at the time, were in Louisiana," said Coe, who splits his time during the academic year between Hamden and his family home in Louisiana. "On Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005, the day before the hurricane struck, my wife decided to take the two children and their pets and head to Ohio, where my mom and siblings live, to ride out the storm." 

Coe, a member of the Quinnipiac faculty since 1999, said he drove from Hamden to Ohio on Monday, Aug. 29, to be with his family. "I picked up my wife in Ohio and we returned to Louisiana to start the clean-up process," he said "We were down there on Labor Day starting the recovery work. We sustained damage to our house, but we didn't get hit like many of our neighbors." 

In 2006, Coe's wife landed a job in California, which prompted the family to sell their Louisiana home and move west. The Coes lived in California until the summer of 2014 when they returned to Louisiana. 

"While there aren't many physical reminders of the storm and its aftermath where we are, people tell time and compare their Katrina stories there," said Coe, who has a Ph.D. from the University of New Orleans. "They ask, 'Where were you living before the storm?' 'Did you stay during the storm, etc.?" 

If you're interested in speaking to Coe, please contact John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office).

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