PERKINSTON, MS (WLOX) - Students and faculty at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College are remembering the life of their longtime president.
Dr. Barry Mellinger passed away Saturday morning at the age of 76.
He served as president of MGCCC from 1986 until he retired in 1998.
Prior to that, Dr. Mellinger was the college's Vice President of Instructional Affairs.
In recognition of his many accomplishments, the student center at MGCCC's Perkinston campus bears his name.
Under Dr. Mellinger's leadership, the school transitioned from a junior college to a community college.
He worked to preserve the college's history, while also introducing many new technological advances.
Dr. Mellinger is survived by his wife of 52 years, Dot, along with their four children.
His funeral service will take place Wednesday, June 29 at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Wiggins. There will also be a visitation from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, Dr. Mellinger's family requests donations to Paul D. Mellinger & Charles Bugg Scholarship Fund at MGCCC.