Malcolm Paul Hébert Sr. (October 25, 1926 – September 23, 2006), was a mechanical engineer who served from 1973 to 1977 as the last commissioner of streets and parks in Alexandria, Louisiana, a citywide elected position which was abolished with a change in the city charter.
Hébert was born in Monroe in Ouachita Parish in northeastern Louisiana, one of three children of Maxime Paul Hébert and the former Linda Talbot. He had two sisters, Maxine Hébert Meadows of Alexandria and Betty Hébert Thompson of Lake Charles. The family soon relocated to Alexandria, where he resided for most of his life. In 1943, he graduated in the top third of his class from the Roman Catholic-affiliated Holy Savior Menard Central High School, then known as Menard Memorial High School. There, Hébert was a drum major and played football. After high school, he became an apprentice machinist for the since dis-established Missouri Pacific Railroad, in which capacity he joined the International Association of Machinists union. Soon he enlisted in the United States Navy near the end of World War II and volunteered for submarine service on the USS Ling, which was operational from 1945 to 1946. Hébert studied in the Naval Diesel Training School in Gulfport, Mississippi, and the Submarine School in New London, Connecticut.
After the war, Hébert studied engineering, first at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he was initiated into Sigma Chi fraternity, and then at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, then named Southwestern Louisiana Institute, from which he graduated. He played first base on the 1950 SLI Gulf States Conference baseball team, a league since dismantled. Thereafter, his interest in sports never wavered. For more than a quarter century, he was a member of the Louisiana Football Officials Association. He coached the American Legion baseball team in Alexandria and was twice named coach of the All-State Softball team. Following a stroke in 1981, he continued coaching mentally handicapped children at St. Mary's Residential Training School in Alexandria, a Roman Catholic institution originally established in 1954 by Bishop Charles Pasquale Greco. In 1985, his teams from St. Mary's garnered the state championships in Tee ball and softball. He was involved too in Dixie Youth Baseball and Softball. He was heavily involved too when his son and three grandsons played football for Our Lady of Prompt Succor Elementary School and then Menard High School.
As an engineer, Hébert was cited for his design of a practical, cost-effective system to re-line water and sewer pipes, an innovation used first in his native Monroe. For more than twenty-five years, he was treasurer and vice president of Roland Construction Company, Inc., which was established in Alexandria in 1960 but is since inactive.