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Longtime educator, former Lafayette school board member Melinda Mangham has died

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Posted at 6:34 PM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 21:10:16-04

Longtime Lafayette educator and former Lafayette Parish School Board member Melinda Mangham has died.

Mangham was a teacher at Lafayette High for many years and also served as Academic Dean at Ascension Episcopal for the past three years. According to Ascension Episcopal's website, Mrs. Mangham had been an educator for 58 years.

She was also a longtime member of United Way of Acadiana, and was a charter member of Women United and a leader in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library movement in Acadiana, according to the organization.

"Melinda's energy and outgoing advocacy of education bettered our communities, and helped to advise the work of United Way of Acadiana," says UWA's President and CEO, Carlee Alm-LaBar. "A leader at each institution where she worked, and a leader in Acadiana, her insight and wholeheartedness will be greatly missed. Melinda's determination and sense of purpose was invaluable, and I know that her legacy is strong and lasting."

Lafayette High School's Gifted Program, Ascension Episcopal, United Way of Acadiana, and school board member Dr. Don Aguillard shared the news on Mangham's passing on Thursday.

School board member Hannah Mason shared the news as well, crediting Mrs. Mangham as being "the most influential teacher of my life."

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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