Remembering Jackie Gouge
Please join Jackie's family, ACDS and CDS alumni, and the community to celebrate Jackie Gouge and her contributions to our school.
Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 10:30-11:30 a.m. - Alumni Gym
Please RSVP to Elizabeth Garland.
Jackie Gouge: Our Northern Star
by Kirk Duncan
I am deeply saddened to report that earlier today the Carolina Day School community's shining star, Jackie Gouge, passed away. Our school has a rich tradition of dedicated, heartfelt, and committed educators giving their all to provide family-like love and care for students. Rarely does a school benefit from having such a person in its midst for five decades.
Freshly graduated from Mars Hill University in 1966, Jackie was hired by Asheville Country Day School Headmaster Marshall Abell, to teach PE to Kindergarten through 12th graders and to coach every girls' athletic team. Throughout her time at ACDS and CDS, she held a number of positions in Upper School. But as her job responsibilities changed, there was one description of Jackie that remained consistent: students always knew they could count on her. As an example of her importance to our school community, from 1967 to 2016, every ACDS and CDS graduating senior class was blessed by Jackie Gouge, who caringly and lovingly organized graduation ceremonies over five decades.
At a recent gathering to honor Jackie, an alumni from the Class of 2000 told a story that exemplified Jackie's love for students. After driving off campus to have lunch, he was rushing back to school and got into a fender bender about a mile down Hendersonville Road. He told me, "Don't get me wrong, I had a good relationship with my parents, but I didn't call them. The first person I thought to call was Jackie Gouge. Within minutes, she arrived on the scene, straightened things out with the authorities, and had me safely back to class. She was a constant in our lives."
She had a profound impact on her colleagues over the years as evidenced by this quote from Upper School writing teacher, Susan White: "Jackie took the creative writing class at our Upper School. She came to all the classes, did all the assignments, participated in the workshops, read poetry at the cabaret, and published pieces in our literary magazine. She is such a powerful example of the kind of lifelong learning and risk-taking that gives meaning to life."
For fifty years, Jackie was the ACDS and CDS northern star, keeping us on course, reminding us through her actions that we are here to love and serve students and one another. We are saddened that Jackie has passed, and comforted that there will always be a place in the hearts of all in our school community for Jackie Gouge.