Charles Chauvin

Charles Chauvin

Former parish school superintendent Charles Chauvin died Aug. 29 at his home in Vidalia.

He was 88.

Services were held Friday, Aug. 31.

Present Superintendent Whest Shirley recalled this week that Chauvin was Shirley’s principal when he “was a student at Vidalia Lower Elementary School in the early 1970's. In 1978 as my class entered Vidalia High School, Mr. Chauvin was named superintendent. His youngest daughter Jane Chauvin Opperman was in my class so I'm sure we got to see Mr. Chauvin a little more than most classes did.

“He was always soft spoken and a man we all respected. I know he was a great father and husband and my condolences go out to his family and friends.”

Chauvin served as superintendent for 10 years before retiring in 1988.

A Concordia Parish native, he served 33 years in the parish school system.

Chauvin was serving as principal of Vidalia Lower Elementary when appointed to the superintendent’s job in May 1978, following the death of Supt. Ben Green Jr.

He began his service in the local system in 1955, after attending school at LSU and NSU where he earned B.S. and M.S. degrees. He additionally earned a Plus-30 from NLU and USM.

During his career in Concordia schools he served as a teacher, coach, principal and supervisor of the Adult Education program before being named superintendent.

When named superintendent in May 1978, the classroom became his top priority as he spearheaded numerous improvement and construction projects throughout the parish.

Chauvin was born July 10, 1930 and reared in Ferriday. He became a resident of Vidalia in 1956.

He was a 1948 graduate of Ferriday High School.

Chauvin served in the U.S. Army for two years during the Korean War.

His career as an educator in Concordia began as teacher and coach at Vidalia High School.

Chauvin served as a member of the Vidalia Town Council and as an alderman. He also served as secretary and treasurer of the Vidalia recreation district and was an active member of Vidalia United Methodist.

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