BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Family members of a Baton Rouge restauranteur donated $1 million to LSU in his name on Thursday.
T.J. Moran, founder of Ruth's Chris Steak House, TJ Ribs, Ruffino's, and Ninfa's, died in may at the age of 84. His $1 million gift, contributed by the T.J. Moran Family Foundation, will be evenly split across four campus programs. The Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Manship School of Mass Communication, E. J. Ourso College of Business and College of Human Sciences & Education will receive $250,000 each.
""For more than 40 years, LSU has been an instrumental part of our lives. Dad proudly watched all five of his children and one granddaughter become Tigers, with a total of eight LSU degrees earned by them," said the Moran family. He realized early in life that pursuing a college degree was not only key to his future success, but to others, as well. Encouraging students to obtain a college education was another way for him to stay true to his life and business philosophy to 'make it better every day.' We are honored that his legacy will live on through the students and programs that will benefit from this gift."
LSU President F. King Alexander says that Moran was an established member of the community who contributed to Baton Rouge businesses.
"Part of his business philosophy was a commitment to serving the communities where his restaurants were located," said President Alexander. "LSU is humbled by his generous decision to extend this commitment to LSU. T.J. Moran's legacy lives on in the meaningful difference that this selfless gift will make in each area it supports."
Moran grew up in Chicago and earned his degree from the University of Wisconsin, but spent much of his life in Baton Rouge.