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Long-time figure in juvenile rehabilitation network dies

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SHREVEPORT, La -

A familiar figure in the world of education and juvenile rehabilitation has died.

Dr. Eliot Knowles, the executive director of Rutherford House, died suddenly over the weekend on a trip to Jackson, Miss.

Rutherford House is a residential treatment facility with group homes for adolescents placed there by the state and local juvenile courts.

Knowles had been in the public education sector when he joined Rutherford House 38 years ago, just one year after its founding on July 4, 1974.

"He was irreplaceable,'' said Clay Walker, director of Juvenile Services for Caddo Parish. He not only had a passion for the mission but Knowles was able to navigate the bureaucratic and political hurdles of securing funding.

"Several times it would have closed but for his efforts,'' Walker added. "There was no giving up -- because the kids needed a place to live.'' 

Visitation will be Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Boone Funeral Home, 2156 Airline Drive in Bossier City.

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