By Nicole Chadwick
Melody van Lidth de Jeude, a communications instructor at Elon, died Friday, May 27th.
According to a family member she died from a brief illness. No one knew about her illness except her family. Her husband told the university of her death Tuesday morning.
Van Lidth de Jeude is best known for teaching public speaking.
She taught at Elon for the past four years, and was well-liked by students and faculty. Paul Parsons, Dean of the School of Communications, estimates she taught nearly 250 students each year.
“She was one of those professors who connected to her students on a personal level and I definitely feel as though she and I connected as friends,” said first-year student Katie Hockaday. “She was one of my favorite professors at Elon and I will miss her dearly.”
Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.
The memorial service for Melody van Lidth de Jeude is June 25 at 11 a.m. It will be held at the Orange United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Dean of the School of Communications Paul Parsons told Phoenix14News the school is planning to host a gathering in memory of Professor van Lidth de Jeude at the start of Fall semester when students return to campus. He said the school will begin securing instructors to fill her Fall classes later this week.