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Memorial for Dr. Middleton

Dr. Middleton

Dr. George Middleton, 1923-2008

The Founder and Director of the Governor's Program for Gifted Children, Dr. George Middleton, passed away at home in his sleep on April 27th, 2008. Please join us in expressing our condolences to Mrs. Middleton and the rest of Dr. Middleton's family.

Dr. Middleton's obituary and additional information may be found at:
        Dr. Middleton's Obituary

Much of the Memorial Service itself has been posted here:
        Memorial Service

And here is the concurrent resolution passed by the Louisiana Legislature honoring Dr. Middleton:
        Concurrent Resolution

You are also personally invited to read the online Guest Book for Dr. Middleton. Many alumni have left messages of appreciation for Dr. Middleton already, and we hope that you will sign the guest book yourself at:
        Dr. Middleton's Guest Book

Cards may be sent to the GPGC office, and they will make sure that his family receives them.
       GPGC Office
       MSU Box 91490
       Lake Charles, LA 70609

A scholarship fund has been set up in Dr. Middleton's memory through the Friends of the Governor's Program. Donations to this fund or the charity of your choice are preferred. Please visit:
and donate to the 501(c)3 support organization Friends of the GPGC and mark in the memo "Dr. Middleton Memorial Scholarship Fund." If you would like to mail in a contribution, please send it to "Friends of the GPGC" at the office address above.

Josh Brown (GPGC Class of 1986) will continue to serve as the Assistant Director of the Governor's Program until a Director has been appointed by the Governor. As Dr. Middleton strongly wished, the Governor's Program for Gifted Children -- which represents Dr. Middleton's life's work and his most enduring legacy -- will continue this summer and hopefully for the next 50 years as well. For more information, please visit the Program's website at:

The GPGC 50th Anniversary Reunion will also be held as planned this summer, and a memorial event for Dr. Middleton is being arranged to honor him at that time. For more information, see the following page as it continues to be updated:
        Reunion Schedule of Events

Many photos of Dr. Middleton (especially more recent ones) can be found at:

If you have any photos, comments, or questions you would like to submit, you are welcome to send them to:

Dr. Middleton 1969