"New Orleans has lost one of its greatest leaders in our nearly 300-year history. A World War II veteran, he assumed the role of archbishop during one of our city's most difficult periods, just on the heels of Hurricane Betsy. A builder in the truest form and a man dedicated to education, from his earliest days he led the rebuilding of badly damaged churches and schools and drove the creation of a strong Catholic school system throughout the Archdiocese. Archbishop Hannan was also a firm believer in caring for the community's seniors and the poor, leading important housing and social justice programs. Archbishop Hannan was a devoted man to his family, his church, and this community. He consistently stood for a vibrant, God-fearing community, and he truly was a spiritual shepherd to his flock." — Mayor Mitch Landrieu on the death of former Archbishop Philip Hannan, who served from 1965 to 1988 as the head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans. Hannan died Sept. 29 at the age of 98.