Dr. Michael Earl Guillot

NOLA.com, The Times-Picayune from Apr. 14 to Apr. 15, 2015

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Dr. Michael Earl Guillot passed away in the early morning hours of Sunday, April 12, 2015. He was in his home, surrounded by family and the thoughts and prayers of loved ones. He was a loving father, a devoted husband, a trusted friend, a mentor, leader, innovator, and educator. He saw the best in people and brought joy to all those that knew him. His smile lit up the room and his warmth and kind heart touched everyone he encountered. He loved to spend time with his family, walk the oak-lined streets of Uptown New Orleans, cheer on the Saints, and read a good book. He strove to make the world a better place, and that is exactly what he did. Born in 1953, Dr. Guillot served as a teacher, counselor, and principal of Catholic schools in the New Orleans area until 1989, when he founded the Virtual Development Group. Through his work as a fundraising executive, he helped schools, hospitals, foundations, and other service agencies achieve their critical missions. He spent five years in North Carolina following Hurricane Katrina, and returned there regularly to teach at Duke University. He moved back to his hometown of New Orleans in 2010, being named Assistant Headmaster of Holy Cross High School and later President of De La Salle High School in 2011. Dr. Guillots wife, Lisa, children, Ben, Ted, Megan, and Spencer, and brother, Brian, survive him in this life. His mother, Rita, and father, Earl, were waiting to greet him after his passing. His presence will be missed by many but his legacy will live on through his family, friends, and all those that he impacted during his life. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at St. Georges Episcopal Church on St. Charles Avenue. Receiving will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the service beginning at 11:00 a.m. Guests will second line to De La Salle High School for a celebration of Dr. Guillots life immediately following the service.  In lieu of flowers, the Guillot family requests people fulfill Michaels wish and donate to the education fund (click here) established for his youngest son, Spencer
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