Huel Davis Perkins, husband, father, grandfather, professor, administrator, speaker, composer and navy veteran, departed this life on April 15, 2013 with his family by his side. He was a native son of Baton Rouge, born December 27, 1924. He believed that education and preparation could overcome any barrier and he made his life an example of that truth. He graduated with highest honors from Southern University in 1947. He continued his education at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois from which he received his Master's and the Ph.D. degrees. His entire career was spent as a professor and an administrator in higher education. At Southern University, he served as Director of Music and Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities. At LSU, he served as Professor of Humanities, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Executive Assistant to the Chancellor. He was also a proud member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (Boule'), where he became the Grand Sire Archon (National President.) In 2005, LSU awarded him an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters and created a fellowship program in his name to help students achieve their highest potential. Mourning his passing, but celebrating his life, are his wife of 64 years, Thelma O. Smith Perkins; his son Huel Alfred Perkins and his wife Priscilla; his grandsons Huel Jared Perkins and Vincent Frederick Perkins; three nephews, two godchildren, cousins and a host of friends. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, April 20 at the Hall Davis Celebration Center, 9348 Scenic Highway, Baton Rouge, LA. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to one of the following: The Huel D. Perkins Fellowship at Louisiana State University, c/o the LSU Foundation, 3838 West Lakeshore Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70896; or The Boule' Foundation, 50 Hurt Plaza, Suite 750, Atlanta, Georgia 30303; or The Alpha Phi Alpha Education Foundation, 2313 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-5211. Guestbook at www.hallsinc.net.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Apr. 17 to Apr. 20, 2013