Book launch at Academy of the Sacred Heart, New Orleans.

Ken Foster and Judy Katz discuss No More, No Less.

New Book Details an Art-filled Cancer Journey

An article from by Dian Griesel

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Richard C. Colton Jr.’s memoir, No More. No Less., subtitled An Artful Cancer Journey. A Remarkable Community. A Rediscovered Purpose. is part medical thriller, part spiritual awakening, part artistic curiosity, and all heart. He candidly recounts his decades-long struggle against cancer and unique approach to his treatment– allowing an artist to sit in during his surgeries to create paintings.

After a large section of his face is removed during surgery — forever altering his appearance—his medical team determines that his body can no longer tolerate any additional chemotherapy, radiation or surgeries. Hitting perhaps the lowest point during his decades-long ordeal, he prayed, “God, please give me more time, so that I can do more good in the world.” At the eleventh hour his life was saved by an experimental new drug, PD-1, commonly called Keytruda. Richard stepped up his commitment to philanthropic projects, including supporting emerging artists and increasing his funding for arts projects that foster creativity in young girls and boys…

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Cancer Spurs Local Philanthropist To Share His Gifts

Story and Photos By Christine Bordelon, Clarion Herald • 11/12/19

No More. No Less. Richard ColtonWhat did Richard C. Colton Jr. do when he was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic squamous cell skin cancer in June 2012 and told to get his affairs in order?

This Catholic convert, New York Yankees fan, avid art patron and collector, thoroughbred horse owner and world traveler made a pact with God.

“I have more projects I would like to do,” he told God in his private conversation. “Please help me through this, and I’ll pay back a thousand-fold with good deeds. As long as you keep me alive, I’ll keep doing good in the world every way I can, without seeking credit. This, I vow to you.”

While Colton wasn’t a native – he grew up in the northeast as part of the wealthy Lykes Brothers shipping family – he adopted New Orleans as home after working in the family business, headquartered in New Orleans, more than five decades ago. The city’s culture, food and people are ingrained in him, and he refused to let his cancer diagnosis give it all up.

“I had to finish what I started in the Crescent City,” he said…

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New Book Details a Prominent New Orleanian’s Artful Cancer Journey

Richard C. Colton Jr - No More, No LessOn November 14th 2019, New Orleans art collector and philanthropist Richard C. Colton Jr. will release his memoir No More. No Less. An Artful Cancer Journey. A Remarkable Community. A Rediscovered Purpose. The book is the story of his almost two decades-long struggle against cancer, and his unique approach to his treatment—allowing an artist to sit in during his surgeries to create paintings.

Richard’s story is part medical thriller, part spiritual awakening, part artistic curiosity, andallheart. Not only was a large part of his face removed during surgery — forever altering his appearance — he was also saved at the 11th hour by an experimental new drug, PD-1, commonly called Keytruda.

If you would like to contact Richard for an interview, or would like an advance copy of the book in PDF form, please contact Judy Katz at or (212) 580-8883.

Below is a listing of planned events for the book.  Please let us know if would like to  set up a pre-interview with Richard Colton, along with one of the key local physicians on his remarkable medical team who can likewise shed light on his journey.  We would also be delighted to accommodate your on-site coverage for either of the colorful events below.


Garden District Book Shop

garden center bookshop

Thursday, November 14th 6:00- 7:30 PM
2727 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 895-2266
At this well-loved store for New Orleans & Louisiana-specific books, Richard Colton Jr. will host the very first public launch of his remarkable memoir,  No More. No Less. An Artful Cancer Journey. A Remarkable Community. A Rediscovered Purpose. Refreshments and wine will be served in the bookstore’s atrium, and autographed copies of the book will be for sale. Come join the festivities, meet lots of interesting people, and help us celebrate this wonderful first-time author!


Richard C. Colton Jr. Center for Performing and Fine Arts at Academy of the Sacred Heart

academy of the sacred heart
Saturday, November 17th 3:00- 5:30 PM
4521 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 891-1943
Book Launch with Refreshments at the Richard C. Colton Jr. Pavilion for No More. No Less. An Artful Cancer Journey. A Remarkable Community. A Rediscovered Purpose.will feature a fun-filled program from Richard Colton and friends, along with delicious nibbles. Signed copies of the book will be for sale in this very special Center, which features prominently in his heart and in his riveting memoir about a cancer journey and the miracle that God helped produce when all seemed lost. Come join the celebration and wish Richard salutations on his latest endeavor!

Painting depicts art-lover’s journey with cancer

Richard ColtonBy Chris Bynum Special to The Advocate

When local philanthropist and arts patron Richard Colton celebrated his 71st birthday last year, he threw a party. But instead of a cake, Colton asked his guests to gather around a portrait — one that depicted his recent successful journey through cancer.

What better way to celebrate life?

“It is not a sad portrait. The painting comes through with salvation, not suffering,” said Colton, who placed the work in the foyer of his Garden District home.

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Sweet Briar’s new gallery showing powerful collection of artwork created by students in Afghanistan

Richard ColtonBy Emma Schkloven

The collection is “about a country we hear about all the time through news media and through American involvement in the war there,” said Sweet Briar President Meredith Woo. “An exhibit like this gives some materiality to what could remain as something pretty abstract in people’s minds.”

The journey of bringing “Views From a Distance” to Virginia starts and ends with a member of the Sweet Briar extended family: New Orleans philanthropist and art collector Richard C. Colton Jr.

The son and brother of Sweet Briar alumnae, Colton connected with Afghan artist and educator Rahraw Omarzad in 2012 to help support CCAA, Omarzad’s art school in Kabul.

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Sacred Heart dedicates Richard C. Colton, Jr. Center for Performing and Fine Arts

Richard ColtonThe Academy of the Sacred Heart officially dedicated the Richard C. Colton, Jr. Center for Performing and Fine Arts on October 23. The new space features a gallery for both student and traveling exhibits, as well as new seating, lighting, and acoustical improvements. It is part of Sacred Heart’s five-year strategic plan.

The debut exhibit in the new art gallery is the “Women of the World” art collection by Claudia DeMonte. In 2000, DeMonte asked female artists across the globe what it meant to be a woman, and the result is an inspiring collection of works of art from 176 nations. Sacred Heart previously displayed this exhibit on campus during the 2008-2009 school year.

After guests mingled and enjoyed the art exhibit, Headmistress Sr. Melanie Guste, RSCJ, led the blessing and expressed her gratitude to Richard C. “Dick” Colton, Jr. Guests were then delighted by two student performances. First, the third and fourth grade choir, Les Jeunes Chanteuses, sang two Sacred Heart songs. After, Middle and Upper School students who are cast members of the upcoming play Shrek the Musical offered a sneak peek of the show.

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The Gunnery Announces Major Leadership Gift for Visual Arts Wing of New Arts and Community Center

Richard ColtonThe Gunnery is excited to announce that Richard C. Colton, Jr., Class of 1960, has committed to a multi-million dollar leadership gift for the school in support of the new Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center. The gift has been specifically designated to name the center’s new Richard C. Colton, Jr. Visual Arts Wing.

This is the third substantial leadership gift The Gunnery has announced in connection with the new, 32,000-square-foot arts and community center, which is the largest capital project the school has ever undertaken. As conceptualized and designed, the center will include a 415-seat theater that will accommodate the entire school community and guests, along with classroom and studio spaces for graphic and digital arts, drawing, painting, ceramics and photography, instrumental and choral rehearsal spaces, and gallery spaces to showcase the work of student and guest artists.

Colton, a leading philanthropist in New Orleans, Louisiana, as well as an avid art collector and patron of the arts, has been a consistent supporter of the school and was a member of The Gunnery’s Board of Trustees from 2007 to 2013.

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