The Loss of a Wonderful Teacher

When students return to campus in the fall, the School of Communications will provide a time to gather and remember Melody van Lidth de Jeude, an instructor who died May 27 following a brief illness.

Melody was so relentlessly cheerful that news of her death, just a week after she turned in final grades for spring term, shocked us all. About two dozen faculty and students attended her memorial service on June 25 in Chapel Hill.

Melody surely taught more students each year than any other faculty member at Elon. Because she taught a lot of sections of the 2-hour Public Speaking course, we estimate she taught about 250 students a year. And because she came to Elon in 2007 and taught mostly first-year students, we calculate that about 1,000 of the 5,000 undergraduates at Elon as of last spring enjoyed having her as a teacher.

I read all student comments on course evaluations, and it was obvious that Melody gently helped many, many students to overcome their fear of public speaking in their first year at Elon, and students were so appreciative. The School of Communications, and our students, deeply mourn the loss.

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One Comment on “The Loss of a Wonderful Teacher”


  1. Melody’s upbeat attitude will not be forgotten. She always encouraged me in class and for that I am grateful.


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