Those who knew Melody van Lidth de Jeude, a doctoral candidate in UNC’s Department of Communication Studies, said she was a good person and skilled educator.
Van Lidth de Jeude died May 27 after what Philip van Lidth de Jeude, her husband, said was a brief but intense illness. She was 58.
He said his wife was a cheerful and welcoming woman.
“We always used to feel that she had ‘be positive’ blood,” he said.
Van Lidth de Jeude was an adjunct instructor at Elon University for the past four years, where she taught courses in public speaking, interpersonal communication and the communication process.
“Students really loved her and always had wonderful things to say about her,” said Don Grady, associate professor and associate dean at Elon.
In April, van Lidth de Jeude received the Martha Nell Hardy Award for Outstanding Teaching.
Patricia Parker, an associate professor in the communications department and van Lidth de Jeude’s adviser, said the award meant a lot to van Lidth de Jeude.
“Melody is the kind of teacher to which students gravitate because of the warm and inviting learning environment she creates,” Parker said.