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Family and friends remember longtime UL Lafayette instructor

Posted at 10:12 PM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-07 23:24:16-04

Faculty and students at UL Lafayette are remembering a longtime instructor and assistant dean in the College of Liberal Arts.

Carolyn Dural died this week of complications from COVID-19. Many share how they'll remember her.

Dural, a well-known face in the Liberal Arts department at UL, was one of a kind.

She graduated from the university and stayed to begin her teaching career. Dural later became the assistant dean in the College of Liberal Arts.

Her sister Lena Domingue says Dural dedicated her life to the university, even while battling her own health problems.

"You'd never know she was sick. She was doing dialysis, and she was doing chemo, and she was still leaving there and going straight to work. We would fuss with her and tell her, 'you need to take it easy, you need to chill a little bit.' She wouldn't hear any of it. She said her students needed her," said Domingue.

It's unclear how her sister may have contracted COVID-19. Since Dural's passing, the College of Liberal Arts created a tribute on Facebook where faculty and students can share their memories. Domingue says seeing their responses is heartwarming.

"The community, the outpouring of love - I can see why she loved what she did, but she also worked with some great people," said Domingue.

Although Domingue and many other mourn the loss of Dural, she's comforted in knowing her sister always aims to bring out the best in others.

"Her students were her life, they were everything. For her to be able to push through all of her illnesses because she knew that somebody might need her that day, that speaks volume," said Domingue.

Dural was 62 years old.

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