Elijah Reed
(1921 - 1988)

Elijah Reed

United States of America
April 3, 1921

February 17, 1988

Father of Education, Founder/Director of two college campuses in Acadiana: Evangeline Area Tr-Parish Vocational Technical School in 1965 (St. Martinville, Louisiana) & Lafayette Regional Institute (Lafayette, Louisiana) in 1978. Retired in 1985 after 20 years of service.
I Still Say Thank You

I've had sins and I've had pain;
My heart has been broken
And my life has been strained;
But in spite of everything I've been through
I still gotta say thank You!

I've been up and I've been down;
Had my life turn, turn, turn
Completely around
But in spite of everything I've been through
I still I gotta say thank You!

(Lyrics to "Still Say Thank You", Smokie Norful)

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This was a poem that Mr. Reed had posted on the wall above his desk at Evangeline Area Tri-Parish Vocational Technical School:

There Is No Indispensable Man
by Saxon N. White Kessinger, Copyright 1959

Sometime when you’re feeling important;
Sometime when your ego’s in bloom
Sometime when you take it for granted
You’re the best qualified in the room,

Sometime when you feel that your going
Would leave an unfillable hole,
Just follow these simple instructions
And see how they humble your soul;

Take a bucket and fill it with water,
Put your hand in it up to the wrist,
Pull it out and the hole that’s remaining
Is a measure of how you will be missed.

You can splash all you wish when you enter,
You may stir up the water galore,
But stop and you’ll find that in no time
It looks quite the same as before.

The moral of this quaint example
Is do just the best that you can,
Be proud of yourself but remember,
There’s no indispensable man.
Respecfully Submitted (Protege')
August 15th, 2016
As we celebrate the grand opening of the new South Louisiana Community College Evangeline campus in St. Martinville, Louisiana on Monday, August 15, 2016, local residents and former students are remembering the man who paved the way for establishment of their first campus in 1965. These are happy and exciting times as we remember our local Father of Education, Mr. Elijah Reed. Residents of all races within the St. Martin Parish area will fondly remember when Elijah Reed traveled through their communities recruiting both students and teachers to work at what was then called "Evangeline Area Tri-Parish Vocational Technical School". Folk from those days, wherein Elijah Reed was an active civil rights community leader, will recall the zeal he had for empowering the minds of the underprivileged population of St. Martin Parish. Mr. Reed, as he was respectfully known and called by virtually everyone who knew him, was instrumental in integrating individuals through a common bond of education during a difficult historic time. His enthusiasm was such that he used his own personal vehicle (then later his own personal funds to purchase transportation) to get students to and from classes everyday. Due to limited funds, he searched salvage yards until he found old funeral hearses and purchased several of them. They often required repair, but his diligence was not hindered, but rather he was inspired all the more to implement a strong auto mechanics department at the school. From 1965 to 1985, St. Martinville residents could depend on a strong and fearless presence to represen them within the tri-parish area, to be the voice for those who were unable to speak for themselves. After thirteen years of faithful service in St. Martinville, Mr. Reed spearheaded the opening of another campus in Lafayette, Louisiana, then called "Lafayette Regional Institute", where he masterminded new courses, staff training, and testing programs from 1978 to his retirement in 1985.
Respectfully Submitted (Protege')
August 15th, 2016
This is the memorial I set up for Elijah Reed. To sign the guest book, click on the "Sign Guest Book" button below.
Joycelyn Thierry
August 13th, 2016
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