Gail Heinbach Savoie, first woman at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, died Sunday, the college introduced. She was 67.
A local of Calcasieu Parish, married for 44 years to UL President E. Joseph Savoie, she was an elementary faculty instructor and his accomplice in his roles as a college administrator and as commissioner of upper training.
In an announcement to the campus, Savoie remembered his spouse of 44 years as, “a proud ambassador for her alma mater” and its “greatest cheerleader.”
“My family and I are grateful for your thoughts of support at this difficult time,” Savoie stated. “Gail loved her University family, and so do we.”
Like her husband, the first woman was a graduate of what was then known as the University of Southwestern Louisiana, the place she was a cheerleader and pledged to Delta Delta Delta sorority. She earned a bachelor’s diploma in elementary training from the college in 1977.
She taught at St. Ignatius School in Grand Coteau and St. Antoine’s and Woodvale elementary faculties in Lafayette. She was additionally a gifted artist — she took up her brush after their son had acquired classes — and was an animal advocate.
The Savoies met as college students at Sulphur High School — he was a yr older — and, like her future husband, she attended the college in Lafayette after falling in love with the campus. She remained an energetic alumna.
“I remember my first time walking on this campus at orientation. I could not believe that people would actually look at you in the face, smile and say, ‘Hi,’ and they didn’t know who the heck you were,” she recollected in a 2008 interview. “I had by no means skilled that and it was simply nice. I knew I had discovered residence. I didn’t need to be wherever else and, to at the present time, you possibly can stroll on this campus and nonetheless have that very same feeling of acceptance.
“The hospitality here is just so incredible. I don’t know of another place like it.”
She relished her roles as an area, state and nationwide ambassador for her alma mater and was a fixture at college actions and athletic occasions. She was was a decide for the annual Paint the Town Red contest throughout Homecoming and hosted a number of occasions at the President’s House for the campus and Lafayette communities.
Her favourite was Sneaux Day through the vacation season, in accordance with an announcement from the campus.
The Savoies have been married in 1977; a few yr later, Raymond Blanco employed Joseph Savoie as assistant dean of scholar personnel and the couple’s attachment to larger training was mounted.
Gail Savoie is survived by her husband and their kids, Blaire Savoie and Adam Savoie; a granddaughter, Addison Marie Saulnier; a brother, Clay Heinbach and his spouse, Paula; and a number of nieces, nephews, kinfolk and associates.
Funeral arrangements have been pending Sunday underneath the course of Delhomme Funeral Home in Lafayette. The college will share service info on its web site and thru its social media channels when it turns into obtainable.
In lieu of flowers, the Savoie household asks that memorial contributions be made to the Savoie Family Endowed Scholarship Fund, c/o the UL Lafayette Foundation, P.O. Box 44290, Lafayette, LA 70504.