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Campbellsville High School staff member Robbie Durham dies
'He enjoyed seeing his students learn, and cared deeply for them. Mr. Durham's passing is truly a loss for Campbellsville Independent School System." Deaton said Mr. Durham was well-liked by all CHS students and faculty members, and every effort is being made to ensure grief counselors are readily available. - CIS Supt. Mike Deaton
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By Calen McKinney
Campbellsville Independent School District
On the morning of Tuesday, January 5, Campbellsville High School instructional assistant Robbie Durham died. He was 49.
Mr. Durham did not report to work Tuesday morning, and hadn't communicated that he wouldn't be working that day. Out of concern, and because of recent health issues, CHS staff members made numerous attempts to contact Mr. Durham.
Contact was made with Mr. Durham's parents, and a CHS staff member went to his home in Campbellsville to check on him.
Upon arrival, Mr. Durham was found unresponsive. Campbellsville/Taylor County EMS personnel were called and pronounced him deceased.
Students were told about Durham's death later in the school day. Counselors were made available to meet with students, and will continue to be available in coming days.
Durham graduated from CHS in 1984. He completed an Associate of Science degree in criminal justice at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and was working to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice at National American University at the time of his death.
Durham was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the first Gulf War.
He previously worked for Campbellsville Independent Schools from 1999 to 2006 and came back to work as an instructional assistant in August.
In his spare time, Durham enjoyed fishing, being a referee, spending time with friends and family members and attending University of Louisville sporting events.
On behalf of the Campbellsville Independent Schools family, Superintendent Mike Deaton said he expresses deepest sympathies to Mr. Durham's family.
"Mr. Durham was a valued member of the Campbellsville Independent Schools family, and will truly be missed," he said.
Deaton said Mr. Durham was an excellent teacher who cared about his students.
"He enjoyed seeing his students learn, and cared deeply for them. Mr. Durham's passing is truly a loss for Campbellsville Independent School System." Deaton said Mr. Durham was well-liked by all CHS students and faculty members, and every effort is being made to ensure grief counselors are readily available.
Buchanan, Robinson and Percell Funeral Home in Campbellsville is in charge of funeral arrangements, which are pending.
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