Remembering Eliot Battle

The Columbia Missourian will be updating this file throughout the day with reflections online about Eliot Battle, a Columbia educator who died Tuesday night. Do you have something you'd like to share? Email [email protected] or tweet your thoughts to @CoMissourian.

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  1. I had the pleasure of briefly meeting both of the Battles on a few occasions. They were such gracious and generous people. Columbia was very fortunate to have had them here.
  2. With a heavy heart, MU High School regretfully reports the death of a beloved friend and long-time instructor, Dr. Eliot Battle. Dr. Battle co-wrote our Project Personal Development course, and served as an instructor for the Center for Distance and Independent Study and MU High for 37 years. Dr. Battle was an inspiration to all, and served the Columbia, MO educational community in a multitude of ways. MUHS principal Kristi Smalley recently called Dr. Battle to say hello and let him know she had been thinking of him. He was very appreciative, and was very excited about the upcoming dedication of the new Columbia high school that is named in honor of his late wife. He was a truly wonderful human being, a lovely and kind man. The most positive and upbeat person you could ever hope to meet. Our thoughts are with Dr. Battle’s family at this time.
  3. May you RIP Eliot Battle. Columbia Rotaract thanks you for your graciousness and fearless attitude to make our city a better place for all! You will be missed!
  4. I remember walking by his office at Columbia College (almost daily). He always had time for me, be it a smile, wave, quick word, or short talk. He was always kind and he truly cared about people. I think people are correct to hold him (and his wife, Muriel) in such high regard. He was a good man.
  5. I didn't have the pleasure of meeting or knowing his wife but after listening to the wonderful words everyone spoke about at the Muriel Battle High School I wish I had. I did however have the pleasure of meeting Eliot. Eliot is a kind man that had a smile that would light up the room. I'll never forget when I asked him how he was doing he would always say "super". I will certainly miss this smile behind a great man however the many wonderful stories and his (and his wife's) legacy will live on forever. Thank you for choosing Columbia, MO as your home and giving so much to our community. He will be missed by so many....
  6. My memory is of him at HyVee every Saturday having Bfast with all his friends.
  7. So kind, soft spoken and humble. May he join Muriel in heaven. Grace and peace to his family. Such a loss for our community