HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Memorial services were held in Hattiesburg Saturday for two prominent Southern Miss educators who passed away this month. At the Thad Cochran Center, a service was held to remember Dr. Noel Polk, professor emeritus of English who died Tuesday at the age of 69.
Polk, a Picayune native, was a member of the Dept. of English faculty from 1977 to 2004.
He was an expert on the work of Nobel Prize-winning Mississippi author William Faulkner.
Saturday morning, another service was held at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in memory of Professor Emeritus Dr. Dana Ragsdale, who was a member of the School of Music faculty from 1974 to 2010.
She died on Aug. 1.