Dr. Claude Jean Fouillade
1946 - 2020
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Dr. Claude Jean Fouillade

Dr. Claude Jean Fouillade (1946-2020) passed away in his sleep on July 11, 2020 in Las Cruces, NM after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Born an only child in Paris, France, Claude served in the French Air Force as an officer and English instructor. He was educated at the Sorbonne and then, upon moving to America, he completed his PhD studies in Romance Languages (Medieval French Literature) at the University of New Mexico.

Claude went on to teach language studies at the University level for over fifty years, including the last thirty-five years at New Mexico State University, where he served for some years as Chair of the Language Department. During his career Dr. Fouillade taught thousands of students French, Spanish, Latin, movie history, and French culture. He retired from NMSU in 2018 as Professor Emeritus. Beyond the classroom, Claude was immensely passionate in his research and writing on French literature and French art history across the American Southwest for which he published numerous works.

Always a student of world languages, Claude taught himself numerous foreign languages, including immersing himself in those cultures through their art history, writing, and music. Claude also loved watching Tottenham Hotspur (English Premier League) football, the French National Soccer Team, Atlanta Braves baseball, and reading poetry from around the world.

Claude is survived by his loving wife, Sharon, two daughters, Sarah Johnson (husband Stephen) and Gigi Beckman (husband JD), and two granddaughters and "treasures", Harper and Elise. He will be remembered as a father, husband, son, grandfather, and teacher.

A celebration of Claude's life will be held at a future date, when his close family and friends can all be in attendance. The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Claude's memory at https://www.stjude.org/.

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Published in Las Cruces Sun News from Jul. 23 to Jul. 26, 2020.
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August 3, 2020
My deepest sympathies to the Fouillade family during this difficult time. Gigi, I am so sorry to hear about your fathers' passing, he was such a kind person. I hope you and your family are doing as best as you can. A donation will be made in his honor. Au Revoir Monsieur, repose en paix.
Sheila Marquez
July 27, 2020
I read Peter Goodman every week, but I only read Obituaries about once a month. So, I want to thank Mr. Goodman for bringing Claude Foullaide’s passing to my attention. Claude Foullaide did not give me an interest in foreign languages , I already had that. However, he did help me improve my ability to read French greatly (however, when I speak French in France, the listener usually suggests politely that we switch to English!).

Living in the current time, I feel lucky to have grown up during an earlier time, when foreigners like Claude were encouraged to come to America to enrich our culture, our country and our lives. Bon voyage, Claude!
Jon Davis
July 26, 2020
Sharon and family,

I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m very glad I got to meet Claude a few years ago and hear the story of how he met and wooed you, Sharon I could tell he was a loving, interesting and fun life partner for you. You are in my thoughts. Love, Em
Emily Ranken
July 25, 2020
He was a big part of our lives, great memories of happier days with him! He played so many roles in my life, my English & French teacher/ professor, my dad (he liked to act as one ), my older brother, my host family, my great friend with good heart and advice & my competition in cooking Ratatouille and arguing about where the origin of that meal is from. I miss his French onion soups and so much more about him, he was a wonderful man! He will be missed tremendously, loved him, May he Rest In Peace!

Love you sharon and the girls (Sarah F Johnson & Gigi Beckman) so much! ❤

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Helen Hoorfar Attai
July 25, 2020
Repose en paix, mon ami
Jodi Avalos
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