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/