A New Orleans businessman and civic leader, founder and chairman of the Board of Talbot Realty Group, one of the leaders in the redevelopment of the Central Business District and Warehouse District in the city of New Orleans.
Talbot was a 1955 graduate of Jesuit High School, where he was voted the 1996 alumnus of the year. He attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama and Tulane University. He was active in numerous civic organizations. Talbot was a member of the Central Committee of the Chamber of Commerce and various committees of the Downtown Area for the redevelopment of Canal Street, the Central Business District, the Warehouse District, and the effects of the land based casino in Downtown New Orleans and member of the Urban Land Institute.
Bob Talbot was instrumental in securing listings on condominium projects, the sale of large parcels for hospital projects, and the assemblage of property for the land-based casino in New Orleans.
In an article about Bob Talbot in City Business titled, “Riverfront Guru Sees Better Times Ahead”, the article stated that people with questions about purchasing real estate in the District are typically referred to Talbot, with counsel, “If he doesn’t know, nobody knows”. (That says it all.) In 1976, when Bob started concentrating on the areas from the Mississippi River to Claiborne Avenue and Poydras Street to the GNO bridge, many of his clients and other real estate agents would ask him, what he was doing “down there with all of the bums and warehouses” (now they know).
He also served on the Board of Administration of Charity Hospital of New Orleans and the Louisiana State Racing Commission. Talbot has served in leadership positions at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, St. Rita Elementary school, and Jesuit High School where he was a long time member and past President of the advisory council.
He was also past president of the Fathers Club at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, and served for many other civic and charitable organizations. Bob was fiercely loyal to his family and to his Blue Jays.
He was a fixture along the sidelines at sporting events, enjoying watching his children and then grandchildren play. He believed in and helped to revitalize New Orleans' Warehouse District after the 1984 World's Fair. He truly lived out what he always prayed with his family, "let us ever be mindful of the needs of others."