Campus service honors Dr. Elliott Pood

Colleagues of the late dean of the Southern Miss College of Arts and Letters gathered to remember him on the campus this afternoon.

Faculty, staff and administrators at U.S.M. honored Dr. Elliott Pood with a lunchtime memorial service at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center.

Dr. Pood died last Wednesday.

He was dean of the college for 3 1/2 years.

The service included music from the U.S.M. University Choirs and tributes from students and faculty.

A video presentation of photographs from Dr. Pood's life was also featured.

"Elliott was very supportive of the activities that we had here in the arts and was very supportive with the finances as well as his time," said Dr. Mary Ann Kyle, an assistant professor of voice at the university.

"He was so much fun to be around," said Dr. Joe Paul, Vice-President for Student Affairs.  "He was such a gifted scholar and a man of so many interests.

That inspired students and he cared about students and they knew it," Dr. Paul said.

The service concluded with a Dixieland jazz recessional, performed by students in the school's Jazz Studies Program.