December 21, 2017

Mourning the Loss of Guilford Professor Jacqueline Ludel

Sarah S. Malino, Professor of History, Emerita & William Ludel

Professor Jacqueline Ludel, 72, passed away peacefully at Well-Spring Retirement Community on December 9, 2017. She was a Professor of Biology and Psychology at Guilford College from 1976 to 1996. 

Born in Boston, Massachusetts on March 17, 1945 to William and Corinne Ludel, Jackie grew up in Queens, New York.  She graduated with high honors in 1966 from Queens College, Flushing, NY.  She began her graduate studies at the University of Indiana in Bloomington, Indiana in 1966 and completed her Ph.D. in 1971, specializing in Physiological Psychology, Sensory Psychology and Anatomy. She won widespread recognition for academic excellence. As an undergraduate she was elected to several honor societies, Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Beta Beta, National Biology Honor Society, Psi Chi, National Psychology Honor Society and Sigma Delta Epsilon, the National Honor Society of Women in Science. From 1966-1971, she became a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow.  The Guilford College Board of Visitors recognized her extraordinary teaching abilities and achievement by awarding her its highest honor, the Excellence in Teaching Award in 1980, only four years after she began her teaching career at the College.  In addition, she is listed in several honorary publications, American Men and Women in Science, Contemporary Authors, The International Authors and Writers Who’s Who. Jackie authored two books, Margaret Mead, 1984 and Introduction to Sensory Processes, 1978 (Also translated into Italian).  Jackie also published numerous reviews, articles, and reports, many for the Greensboro “News and Record” and for professional journals. She continued her professional research while dedicating most of her waking hours to her students, to preparing new courses, and to her extensive College administrative responsibilities. Profoundly important to Jackie was her work with stranded/beached whales and dolphins under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution.

Jackie loved her students, made sure her strong voice was heard on a variety of College issues and enjoyed her colleagues very much.  Though she had held two University positions before joining the faculty at Guilford College, her colleagues would agree that all in the Guilford community benefited from her fine teaching, her expertise in a diversity of subjects, her sharp intellectual gifts and her profound interest in the improvement of College teaching and administration. She had a deep interest in literature and the arts as well as in science.  She especially enjoyed classical music and 60’s folk music, often attending Master Classes at the Eastern Music Festival in the summers. She described her interests as peace, justice and equality, environmental/ecological issues, exercise and current events.  She never forgot her New York roots, remaining a life-long fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Her parents and sister Susan predeceased Jackie.  She is survived by her brother William Ludel and sister-in-law, Tracy Cohen, niece, Sophie Ludel and nephew, Wallace Ludel. The family would like to thank the fine staff of the Well-Spring Rehabilitation Center who cared for her with great skill and kindness. They would also like to thank the entire Well-Spring Community for giving her warm friendship, joy, peace, and happiness in her final years.  Contributions in her memory may be made to Habitat for Humanity, Amnesty International or the National Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. Triad Funeral home and Cremation Facility is assisting the family.