Longtime educator Dr. Huel Perkins dies
BATON ROUGE - Dr. Huel D. Perkins, a longtime music professor and educator who authored Southern University's fight song, passed away last night according to a Southern spokesperson.
Perkins graduated from Southern in 1947 and served as a music professor there from 1951 to 1960. He later served as the school's Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, before serving at LSU from 1979 through 1998 as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Executive Assistant to the Chancellor, and Special Assistant to the Chancellor.
"Baton Rouge has lost a great leader whose life's work has been to make education exciting and important," said SU Chancellor Dr. James L. Llorens on Monday. "Dr. Perkins was a man of great dignity, who believed in Southern University and its mission. His family is in our prayers."
In May 2005 Perkins was awarded the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Louisiana State University for his service to education and to LSU. A Doctoral Fellowship Program as Louisiana State University has been named in his honor.
Funeral arrangements are pending.