- Jane Albrecht Alix (2000-04-04)
- Bernard Anderson (2000-04-14)
- Kay Bradt (2000-04-18)
- Donna Briney Siegrist (2000-07-05)
- Justine (Julie Broberg) Boots (2000-09-15)
- Sharon Buchanan Coughlin (2000-04-05)
- Carolyn Bucheri Daigle
- Ann (Bambi) Buck Renne (2000-03-31)
- William H. (Todd) Cannon, Jr.
- Mary Cleveland Bollinger (2000-08-23)
- Barbara Cochrane Osborn (2000-04-17)
- Sherril Cooper Hixon (2000-03-31)
- Jim Crabtree (2002-12-24)
- Maril Mitchell Crabtree (2000-04-19)
- Marlene (Molly) Randall Devlin (2000-08-20)
- Nancy L. Dodge Kirk (2000-05-12)
- Elizabeth (Beth) Fontron Fager (2000-04-11)
- Shirley Fullmer Downer (2000-04-20)
- Peggy Grant Cobb (2000-05-0l)
- Linda Hales (2000-04-24)
- W. Douglas Halsted, III
- Jean Hardy Robinson (2000-01-04)
- Charles William (Bill) Hargrove (2000-03-3l)
- Laura N. Heller
- Daniel Fair Housholder (2000-09-10)
- Simone Amardeil Johnson (2002-11-04)
- Marguerite Jost (2000-04-25)
- Kathleen Kohlman Sparkes (2000-04-05)
- Marcia Kyle Rinehart (2000-01-xx)
- Lenita Childers Locey
- Michael D. Locey
- Melanie Martin Heacock (2000-09-24)
- Jeanne Martini Oltman (2000-08-30)
- James W McCalla (2000-0l-03)
- Cynthia McNown Maloney (2003-01-27)
- Sharon Louise Moore Nichols (2000-04-15)
- Cathie Muell Mount (2000-06-14)
- Richard H. Myers (2000-04-02)
- Colette J. Neubauer Bernica (2000-04-10)
- Michael L. O'Brien (2000-04-22)
- Hendle Pendleton Rumbaut (1999-12-26)
- Hervé Pensec (2002-12-27)
- Chris Pinet (2003-01-19)
- Catherine Marie Regnier (2000-03-30)
- Valerie Alexander Renault (2002-11-21)
- Susan Riseley Hoke (2000-05-26)
- Bari S. Robinson (2000-04-15)
- Nancy Schroll Buda (2000-04-15)
- Martha Louise Selfridge Housholder (2000-09-10)
- Laura Shelby Mohan
- Ann Victoria Sheldon Thomas (2000-05-16)
- Carol Siebert Pilant (2000-04-02)
- Virginia Marshall SLOO Jackson (2000-04-03)
- Arthur K. Spears (2000-04-19)
- Llona Steele (2000-04-16)
- Elizabeth Sterling Helgerson, aka Liz Witt
- Clyde Thogmartin (2000-04-23)
- Betty Thomas (2002-11-17)
- Evelyn Thomas Labode
- Phyllis Thomas Barbe (2000-05-04)
- Billie Gene Thompson Fischer (2000-05-28)
- Diana Thompson Dale (2000-04-10)
- Mary Anna True Beer (2000-04-16)
- Alice (Lili) Glynos Tunks (2002-11-02)
- Sharon Wells Cranston (2000-05-01)
- Charles H. Wescoe (2000-04-10)
- H. Randolph Williams (2000-04-14)
- Marcia Willoughby Dumler (2000-03-30)
- Dorothy A. Witter (2000-04-12)
Jane Albrecht Alix (2000-04-04)
Jane is married and has been living in France since 1966. After a KU BA, she earned an MS in Education at K-State, then a licence and Maîtrise in English from the Sorbonne. Her two sons are bilingual, one graduated from KU in French and Journalism, one is a French-educated engineer. She sent us memories of Reinhardt Kuhn (having a class canceled because of the effect on everyone of the Kennedy assassination) and Serge Gaulupeau, the latter complaining about American bread at the Union cafeteria.
Bernard Anderson (2000-04-14)
Although he wrote us in April 2000 from Arizona, Bernard lived abroad extensively and made full use of his competence in French. From 1970-97 he used French often as part of an active duty Air National Guard and Air Reserve career in such activities as Airborne Interpreter and Reserve Air Attaché, as well as Flag Office Escort at the Paris Air Show in 1997. He earned a Master of International Management degree at Thunderbird in 1973, and in 1976-77 he earned a French MBA at the University of Lyon. That was while he was living, working and attending graduate school in France from 1974-78. He married a French woman in 1979, divorced in 1983 "(no children)...would love to meet nice francophone/francophile woman of child-bearing age." In Arizona he is a landlord and real estate investor.
Kay Bradt (2000-04-18)
Kay is a 60's to 70's alum, 68-72; she spent her junior year in Bordeaux. She has been at the library at Baker University (south of Lawrence) since 1975. Her husband, George, also has a French UG degree from UNC, and his daughter, Joanna Wiley, graduated from KU in 1996, "with a degree in-you guessed it-French. Bordeaux memories abound, as do memories of a year in England a few years ago." Kay still plays the cello and is part of a trio, as well as playing in the spring concert with the chamber orchestra. She promises to send us the address of Bonnie Postlethwaite as soon as she has one "back in this part of the world."
Donna Briney Siegrist (2000-07-05)
Donna teaches middle school French and Spanish exploratory classes in Raytown. In 1999-2000, she was District Teacher of the Year and is active in FLAM (FL Association of Missouri), and is very active in a number of FL programs: she was local chairperson for the Central States Conference on Teaching FL in KC, spring 2002: (in 2000, she wrote "stop by and say hello!") Somehow she also manages a family. Her two children went to KU, a daughter, Katherine, in Accounting, a son, Jeremy, in Chemical Engineering. Jeremy was completing his 2nd year at KU Med School when she wrote, and she and her husband were planning a fall rafting trip in the Grand Canyon. She still owes us specific memories of Bordeaux (1966-67) and the SLI, but she does say: "I think that as I chronicle my career it is pretty evident the impact that the Summer Institute program and the Bordeaux Exchange had on my life."
Justine (Julie Broberg) Boots (2000-09-15)
After Julie left KU in 1963, she spent a year at Clermont-Ferrand (that exchange has been around for quite a while) and earned a Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures, then went on to teach French at a series of colleges/universities; after twenty years with Phillips University in Oklahoma (that university went bankrupt), she left for Joplin, MO, to a private academy. Alexi Baloji (MA from KU) joined her staff and she spoke highly of him in her note. Julie was looking forward to publication of this newsletter and connecting with some old friends. [Every time I read (re-read) a note like that I feel more pangs of guilt at my slowness....]
Sharon Buchanan Coughlin (2000-04-05)
Sharon was in French Education and Art History and remembers our colleague who worked in both departments, Marie-Josèphe Dulade-Charpentier as a "fascinating person who was very strict with her classes." [As a colleague, I remember her in the great production of Lorenzaccio, directed by visiting professor Philippe Lefebvre.] She uses her Art History background in work (Director of Marketing for ScriptPro in Mission, KS), but used her French in the early years of her marriage working for Dr. Paul Pimsleur at OSU and later for Dr. John Lapp at Stanford (Prof Lapp spoke here many years ago, and, yes, Sharon, I'm not surprised at his comments about "hick" Kansas). She may not use her French in her work, but Paris is a favorite city for her husband and her and, of course, she spends much time at the Louvre.
Carolyn Bucheri Daigle
No information available.
Ann (Bambi) Buck Renne (2000-03-31)
Ann spent the summer of 1968 in Lausanne, Switzerland, with the Experiment in International Living. After KU, she worked 20 years as a flight attendant with TWA, then 13 years as a community counselor for the American Institute for Foreign Study running their au pair program in the KC area. She is married and has two sons, 18 and 15.
William H. (Todd) Cannon, Jr.
No information available.
Mary Cleveland Bollinger (2000-08-23)
Mary sent us two copies of the newsletter produced by students on the 1968 SLI (held in Geneva rather than Paris because of the 1968 student strikes in France): Thank you, Mary. We need more memorabilia like that. In addition to the SLI, Mary held the graduate fellowship exchange to Strasbourg in 1971-72, and she has maintained her professional interest in French, earning both an MA and PhD in French at Indiana University, and teaching both at the secondary and post-secondary level. When she wrote, her full-time teaching position was at Marple Newtown High School in Newtown Square, PA. She has been active in the AATF and initiated a "keypal" program for her French IV and V classes, with a lycée in Lillebonne, Normandy.
Barbara Cochrane Osborn (2000-04-17)
Barbara married Edward W. Osborn soon after graduation; he also earned his UG degree from KU, then went on to the OU School of Medicine. While they were in Oklahoma City, Barbara taught French and English at middle schools. On to Virginia Beach and a residency in pediatrics, back to OK (Okmulgee) where they continue to operate a private practice in pediatrics. Two sons, 31 and 26, both KU graduates (Brian majored in computer science and German, Derek in anthropology). Derek remained n Lawrence and owns and operates Simply Wireless. Brian studied in Kiel on a fellowship from KU, opened his own business there (prompting Barbara to study German) and was to marry an Italian girl the May following this note to us, so she was also studying Italian! She and her husband have hosted exchange students from Germany and Sweden. [I have to stop somewhere; her activities overwhelm this recorder.] She added excellent details of her memories of KU and of her SLI experience in 1965, plus some photos. They'll be invaluable for the history of French studies. (Yes, Barbara, we'd appreciate xeroxes of your issues of Le Tournesol.)
Sherril Cooper Hixon (2000-03-31)
Now a French teacher, Sherril points out that it is appropriate that she lives on Paris Place (in Aurora, CO). After KU, she first taught at Shawnee Mission and was department chair from 1974-76 (S-M South). Has been at Overland High (Cherry Creek School District) since 91. She has two children, one a KU graduate (1999) and one at Columbia University. She took a survey course from me back in '66 and then noticed I was still around when her daughter took French here in the 90s-and was pleased that we were working hard at focusing on practical use of the language. [Thanks for your kind words, Sherril.]
Jim Crabtree (2002-12-24)
Compare dates and you'll see that Jim took a little longer than Maril to send in his info, but we're happy whenever an answer comes. After finishing a BA with us (and in Poli Sci), Jim stayed at KU for a law degree, then practiced law from 1965-95-trial law based in the KC area. In 1988 he started being "more part-time with the law practice, and started with the energy balancing/healing learnings." In 1995 he turned over the law practice to his son and has "been teaching about and doing individual healing sessiions involving the Human Energy Field. For more details, see his website, www.CoreStarEnergyHealing.com. Jim (and Maril, see below) was on the original Paris SLI in 1961 and has great memories of that summer. I include the following here: "I have memories of the classes and the wonderful castles, cathedrals, and historic places, but the fondest that stick are those of people: Lenita (Lenita Childers Locey) playing the guitar on the bus during those long drives home from the weekend tours; Alan being mistaken for German because of his accent; the swans at Versailles getting someone's shoe (Patty's?); Marilyn (now Maril and we're married for 40 years) and I having some wonderful "togethernesses" and some huge fights, etc. What a great summer that was!"
Maril Mitchell Crabtree (2000-04-19)
Maril, fka Marilyn, was on the first SLI in 1961, and she included lots of useful details for the history project. Others on that 1961 SLI, please send your reports! After a dual major BA in French and English, she earned an MA with us in French lit, then went on to a J.D. in 1978. Practiced 8 years before leaving to work in the non-profit field. She divides her time between Kansas City and Naples, FL, and does enviromental consulting, also mediations. She says "My love of French manifests itself mostly in my mania for French movies." I can't retype all of her great comments on her time at KU, but I'll note that she remembers the day President Kennedy was shot and the GTAs heard it on a radio in the basement of Old Fraser. As for SLI, she remembers it as a great group of students, with a "taskmaster/morals supervisor" in Professor Kuhn. "He made sure the women all had a male escort when they went out at night....Since we liked our men it wasn't a hardship but even in those pre-feminist days it chafed to be told we had to be accompanied by a male-especially since many of them weighed less than we did (they were a skinny bunch!)." Reinhard (Professor Kuhn) apparently was not too successful [or was he?] with Maril, who managed to spend some extra time with Jim, whom she later married. Her story of Reinhard's waiting for them at the head of the Metro stop near the dormitory after one night out, must be read, but my fingers are tired....[Thanks for a great note, Marilyn-sorry, you're Marilyn to me.] **update 2002-12-13: Marilyn dropped the "yn" not very long ago, "I never liked my name, and somehow Maril felt more contemporary." Last June she had a book published, a collection of nonfiction stories, essays, meditations, poems, etc. about feathers. Check her website at www.sacredfeathers.com.
Marlene (Molly) Randall Devlin (2000-08-20)
As many did, Marlene first answered briefly (in April of 2000), promising to write again. Unlike many, she did answer again in August, with a long letter. I use the married name in caps because when we knew her as a graduate student/assistant instructor here, she was already married. Her two sons are now grown and married, and she keeps busy going to visit grandchildren while still teaching highschool in Columbia, MO, where her husband is in English at MU. One of her strongest memories of grad school is the Old French course with Neale Carman (Quelle surprise!), and she mentions how it built a sense of camaraderie among the students. I appreciated her comment that they "were so poor in grad school, I have no picutres." [It would not surprise me to learn that many of our graduate alumni also lack photos of that time for the same reason: I know I have none from my MA days at KU.] At Hickman HS, Molly has taught numerous advanced French courses, including AP French, IV and V: "marvelous students [thus] continued enthusiasm for teaching." One of her students was a Presidential Scholar (1985) and chose Marlene as her most influential teacher: "accompanied her to Washington DC to be honored by President Reagan. She has become a French PhD (now at Cornell)!" Somehow Molly managed a number of trips to France, one individual one early on, the others with students or on a scholarship. She still is/was in contact with Ann Triplett, Phyllis Ruszat and Bill & Lucille Mould. It would be great if we could elicit responses from any of them for a follow-up newsletter.
Nancy L. Dodge Kirk (2000-05-12)
Nancy earned a BA in both German and French in 1964, then took an extra semester to complete her FL teaching credentials. She married Jim Kirk before graduation and when he finished his MA in Math Education and started teaching at West Junior High in Lawrence, she started working for the KU Office of Admissions and Records. After 5 years, they moved to Flagstaff, AZ and have lived there since 1968. She did some substitute teaching before leaving Lawrence, then worked as departmental secretary of the Dept of Mod Lang at Northern Arizona University (Jim taught Math there until retirement in 1999). After her son was born in 1981 ("lots of 'Abraham and Sarah' jokes" she reports), she did part-time jobs and lots of community projects, mostly to do with music. Planning for more travel now that both have more free time. A true "scrapbook" person, Nancy had lots of memorabilia for us, much appreciated. [I hope others who read this will search in the attic and send on flyers, posters, anything to do with French at KU in their time.]
Elizabeth (Beth) Fontron Fager (2000-04-11)
Beth graduated in 1970 and joined her husband in Italy, where he was serving in the Army as an advisor at an Italian Air Defense post. They lived in a small town on the Adriatic coast and were "on the economy." There were just 3 other American couples, so Beth used her experience in French to adapt to Italian. Back in Topeka, she has had little opportunity to use either language, except for a trip there in 1999.
Shirley Fullmer Downer (2000-04-20)
Merrill Downer replied to the questionnaire with the sad news that Shirley passed away in 1999, after a long struggle with metastatic breast cancer. She had taught French at Clarion University of PA and was acknowledged to be the most effective teacher of French at the university--especially in the 1st and 2nd years. She and Merrill had two daughters; one now lives in Lawrence, the other in Durham, NC.
Peggy Grant Cobb (2000-05-01)
A double major in French and philosophy, she was secretary with the summer language camp and is now an attorney for Sprint in Kansas City.
Linda Hales (2000-04-24)
Linda taught French briefly after graduation and then got a journalism degree at KU. She has since worked on several papers including the Int'l Herald Tribune in Paris. In l988 she joined the Washington Post where she is now Design Editor. Still a francophile Linda recalls with joy her year as a student in Grenoble.
W. Douglas Halsted, III
No information available.
Jean Hardy Robinson(2000-01-04)
Jean and her husband Bill have been long-time friends and supporters of the department and of KU (especially for scholarships for students traveling abroad) for which I'd like to thank them here; when I heard back from them with the questionnaire, my wife and I and Hervé Pensec, our summer-in-Kersell friend, also from their time, contacted them as they were heading for France: grand reunion.] Jean earned her BA, MA, and PhD in French from KU (double-majored in English as an undergraduate), and did both the SLI in 1964 and the Strasbourg Junior (Senior) year in Bordeaux in 1966-67. While completing her dissertation she taught at UMKC, introduced study abroad to undergraduates there, and had a dissertation Fulbright in Paris. After she and Bill moved to Chicago, she had a series of interesting jobs: Humanities Program at the Univ of Illinois Med Ctr; International Treasury Management consulting with Continental Bank (had an interview in French for that job: it does pay to know a foreign language - she quoted the person who interviewed her: "I've spent thousands of dollars teaching MBAs language and culture. I'm willing to spend thousands of dollars teaching you business"); back to non-profit sector as VP of College Relations and Marketing for the former Institute of European and Asian Studies; on to other consulting for various non-profits. Family life "has been happy and stable." She and Bill have two children, would be 17 and 12 by the time I'm typing this. The whole family travels quite a bit. For KU memories, and I must edit to keep this somewhat brief..., she remembers Rosemary Hodgins, Ann Colbert and Ron Tobin, our visiting prof, Moshé Lazar, her work as a GTA. Her doctoral experience was clearly positive and we appreciate her kind words. SLI and Bordeaux brought out the most outstanding adjectives [I become more and more convinced of the vital importance of study abroad when I read such responses]. Much of what she said must go in the history of French studies: thanks Jean for a great answer.
Charles William (Bill) Hargrove (2000-03-31)
Married Ermile Kodani, a KU grad in l962. Two grown children. After a year at Stanford on a Woodrow Wilson, he switched to linguistics at U of Wisconsin. MA and ABD. Has taught at a Catholic girls' school in Honolulu since l97l. He deeply regrets the lack of opportunity for him to study abroad as an undergrad.
Laura N. Heller
No information available.
Daniel Fair Householder (2000-09-10)
Daniel was in Chemistry and Math as an undergraduate and went on to KU Med School for an M.D. His French connection: "I was in Paris for the SLI in 1963. I stayed at the Réunion des Etudiants, 104 rue de Vaugirard. When I go back today, the Réunion looks just the same as it did in 1963. The young ladies stayed close to Place Denfert Rochereau. Today, it looks to me like this has been torn down. I cannot find it and would like to know if it really is gone." Although his medical practice has kept him from maintaining his French at a level he'd like, he does travel to France, loves to stroll on the Boul' Mich, sit in N-D de Chartres and look at the blue windows all afternoon, drive to Bayeux and stay at the Lion d'Or and visit the tapestry. He was in Paris on 14 juillet 1989. [I e-mailed him to urge him to contact our SLI group next time he goes; this goes for any of you who travel to France in the summer.]
Simone Amardeil Johnson (2002-11-04)
Simone's first connection with KU came in 1946, when she taught both French and Spanish as a part-time lecturer. After raising a family, she came back to earn an M.A. (1970) and PhD (1973), completing her studies while teaching full-time at Washburn. She remained at WU in Topeka, rising to full professor and chair before retiring in 1986. [During that period, another KU PhD, Nancy Dinneen, joined her to teach Spanish, and we've been friends of the Johnsons for years. They now live in Lawrence, closer to their children.] Simone has overall good memories of her years at KU: most professors were excellent and "everybody was extremely kind to me." She remembered many names of both faculty and fellow graduate students, very helpful to me in my history project. Her commute back and forth from Topeka was made more pleasant by the fact that she could car pool with Betty Thomas, and she particularly remembers class discussions being made lively by Lucie Bryant. Simone returned to Normandy for the 50th anniversary D-Day ceremonies, with her husband Robert: she had been in the French Resistance, he in the US Army.
Marguerite Jost (2000-04-25)
After a Direct Exchange year in Strasbourg, Marguerite began PhD studies at Wisconsin and completed them at U. of Utah in l973 with a dissertation on "La Vision du Monde Médiéval chez Ghelderode". Since then she has worked as consultant and cataloguer for the Mormon Genealogical Society and is now research coordinator in the area of genetic epidemiology at the U. of Utah. She was widowed in l996.
Kathleen Kohlman Sparkes (2000-04-05)
Taught French in high school and then joined Peace Corps and spent 2 years in Morocco. Completed graduate degrees in Sociology and Early Childhood Education. Taught at Onandaga Comm. Coll. in Syracuse, NY.
Marcia Kyle Rinehart (2000-01-xx)
BA in French, l963, BS in Education, l964. After four years teaching in the Kansas City area where she inspired Cheri Brooks Gish Stubblefield to go on and major in French at KU, Marcia married Richard Rinehart and then went on to pursue an MA in Romance Languages at UMKC, completed in l970. There she was fortunate to have several courses with Dr. J Neale Carman who had just retired from KU. The Rineharts have 3 children, Sheridan Elise, Kyle Bennett and Matthew Richard, all of whom graduated from KU and took French here. Marcia has been very active in community affairs, including a stint as mayor of Leawood. She remembers fondly her summer at the Sorbonne in l962. As her French was too advanced for the level of the (first) SLI she was only loosely affiliated with it, under the direction of Reinhard Kuhn. She, Dell O'Dell and Virginia M. Sloo lived in a dorm and attended the Sorbonne.
Lenita Childers Locey
I had a long note from Lenita (and Mike, below) after my first mailing (although I think it was in response to a direct e-mail I sent upon receiving notification of a donation to the department fund in the KUEA-we've made a number of contacts that way) and, in fact, they visited us in Brittany the following summer, but we've not yet had a "formal" answer to the questionnaire. I especially want Lenita's comments on the first SLI (she and Mike are mentioned in other responses a number of times). After a long career teaching at Bowling Green in Ohio, they are now both retired and spend part of each year in France, near Amboise. Their daughter, Elizabeth, recently took a position at Emporia State University and is active in language organizations regionally.
Michael D. Locey
See the entry above for Lenita Locey.
Melanie Martin Heacock (2000-09-24)
Melanie earned her MA in 1967 (she claims to have been "not a particularly strong graduate student, but it's clear from what she has done since that she proved herself wrong on that count), and went on to teach French in secondary schools. I must copy verbatim her first paragraph about overseas experiences: "My roommate Linda Tavolacci and I were blessed to spend the summer of 1964 in Paris as part of our assistantship. There was a wonderful young couple chaperoning the undergraduates on the trip - I can't remember their names but I remember them as wonderful role models and mentors, in spite of the fact that THEY should have had our trip (I think that 1964 was the only year when that trip was given to INCOMING teaching assistants)." [DAD's comment: I also think that is true and I recall arguing against the decision; it was argued that new assistants needed the experience to improve their French and that this would be an incentive for graduate students to choose KU, but I preferred to select people we knew and were sure would appreciate the scholarship. Melanie obviously appreciated it, but I still think I was right, of course; unfortunately, we no longer have the funds available to award those grants-but we do appoint GTAs to help in the SLI programs.] Melanie enjoyed her trip immensely and buried herself in the culture; she takes her children and extended family to Paris now whenever possible. Melanie married Donald Heacock in 1969; they have 3 children and were living in Baltimore when she wrote. She taught French and English for more than 12 years, and for some years has been devoting lots of time to volunteer efforts with the PTA, U.S. Pony Clubs, the Equestrian Land Conservation Resource, board member of Hannah More School for emotionally disturbed teenagers, and much more. Melanie remembers her years at KU as difficult because of poor preparation, but asserts that everyone was "really nice and helpful." She worked hard at improving her accent (Southern diphthongs!) and also at becoming a good teacher. Good memories of working with Arlette Elefant and Linda Tavolacci, both of whom she'd love to contact again. Particularly remembers earning an A on a long paper for Barbara Craig [good reason to be proud: Barbara belonged to the old school, no grade inflation!] in Medieval Literature.
Jeanne Martini Oltman (2000-08-30)
After teaching French and German in the La Crosse, WI area, Jeanne took early retirement in 1999. She was in France the summer of 1997 and watched the Tour de France pass by in a small French village. She was happy she continued her French at KU (partially because of the retroactive credit option), because there were more jobs available in French than German when she went on the job market. Her overseas experience was in German, in their SLI of 1963.
James W McCalla (2000-01-03)
Major in French and piano. After KU he got an MM from New England Conservatory and a PhD in music from Berkeley. Dissertation on Stéphane Mallarmé and Pierre Boulez. He taught at U of Virginia, and SUNY, Stony Brook, before going to Bowdoin in l985. Working on a book about Debussy and the young, mostly French, poets of the l880s. His memories include taking French courses at KU while still a senior at Lawrence High School ("Mme Mahieu [widow of "Monsieur" Mahieu-never known by anything but "Monsieur Mahieu"-I'd have to search the records to find his first name] having moved to Florida), then four years studying both French and music (piano performance) here. He particularly remembers Barbara Craig as his "real mentor." [I'm sure many majors do: she taught the old French 3, now 326, introduction to literature class and gave hours to the honors students and all others who were willing to work.] He also remembered Noémie Pagès [who later worked with me on a 2nd year textbook in French]: "One day I had to leave class early to play at a recital, and instead of letting me sneak out, she called me up to the front, pulled out a piece of paper and wrote MERDE! on it."
Cynthia McNown Maloney (2003-01-27)
Cynthia's reply was written in April of 2000, but put aside, then found again on a week ago and mailed, with an apology and the comment "I'm sure this is far too late." No, just under the line! Cynthia studied in France her first year of college (father, a KU prof, on sabbatical), then went to Nairobi in her Junior year, again with her father on a leave of absence. Took a course in French (as well as Swahili) there, then traveled in France en route home. In Strasbourg on our exchange program, she earned a License es lettres and stayed another year to work on a maîtrise in Linguistics. Long series of interesting jobs, all involving use of French: bilingual secretary to the Consul General of Morocco, helping with golf tournanment in Rabat, working for an ESL company bought by Hachette, stayed with Hachette for 5 years, then worked as European/UK sales mgr for a subsidiary of Doubleday. With arrival of second child, went to work as a consultant for Scholastic, Inc., still with them mainly working with Spanish: "While I speak bad Spanish rather fluently, it is sad that other than for conversations with friends and travel to France & nice restaurants, I [no longer] use my hard won French and need Spanish every day." Cynthia remembers with gratitude the person [I can identify her as Barbara Craig from her description] who awarded her 31 hours of course work for her previous study in France when she entered KU. She included other good memories which will be helpful for the history of French studies. [I'm glad you found the response and mailed it, Cynthia, mieux tard que jamais!]
Sharon Louise Moore Nichols (2000-04-15)
The spring before Sharon wrote, she was honored by the student body of her Rochester Community College as "Teacher of the Year." She started teaching there in 1974, and has taught French, ESL, French literature in translation and Study Skills, and introduced a new course, Intro to Francophone Cultures in 1999. She has also continued her French studies, at Alliance Française in Paris, Middlebury, and Angers. She and her husband, who obviously was a "quick learn" in French, and their two children lived in France in 1977-78, where he worked in a lab in Paris. Still has a strong interest in Haitian Creole and hoped to go to Haiti when she wrote, doing some pro bono medical work. Close to Minneapolis, she appreciates the Théâtre de la Jeune Lune. Her memories of KU grad courses include Old French with Neale Carman ("how we laughed at 'cleave him from the top of the head through the nose'"), with the recently married Locey's (Lenita and Michael Locey) in that class. She was one of our commuter students, living in KC while her husband was in Med School. She has a particularly good memory of an undergraduate course with Barbara Craig-in Old Fraser: "I loved walking up the dark, worn, wooden steps, and she made the course so interesting,--but it was still a challenge to stay awake in that warm upper room."
Cathie Muell Mount (2000-06-14)
A French major at KU she was "hooked" by the year spent in Bordeaux in l965-66. MA in French from Arizona State in l990 and is working on one in Spanish. Studied with Bill Hendrickson, KU grad, at ASU.
Richard H. Myers (2000-04-02)
Majored in French and psychology. Taught public school five years in GA, then returned to Grad school at Georgia State. He earned a PhD in Behavioral Genetics in l979 and has been at the Boston U. School of Medicine since then. As a professor of neurology he is studying genetics of neurological diseases of mid and late life.
Colette J. Neubauer Bernica (2000-04-10)
Now president of YWCA in Great Falls, MT, which runs a domestic violence shelter, secy of Montana Board of Pharmacy and member of Junior League. Colette married KU grad Ed Bernica, and they have 4 children, ranging in age from l3 to 25. They have lived in Iowa, Omaha, NE and Denver, CO and Great Falls. She has been an employment counselor, French tutor and community volunteer.
Michael L. O'Brien (2000-04-22)
After graduating from KU in l967 with majors in French and Linguistics, Michael earned an MA in the latter at UCLA. He began work in UCLA's program in landscape architecture and has taught both it and urban planning. Since l986 he has been at the Architectural Division of the Dept of Urban Planning of Los Angeles, and has published extensively in his field.
Hendle Pendleton Rumbaut (1999-12-26)
A French major who missed an opportunity to study in Bordeaux, Hendle still hopes to get to France. She married a KU grad from Cuba, Carlos Rumbaut, in l970. Divorced in l978. Their daughter, Sasha, is now 28. Hendle married Michael Ambrose in l983; she worked as a public info specialist at the Austin Public Library for 25 years. She also wrote Dove Dreams, a young-adult novel, published in l994.
Hervé Pensec (2002-12-27)
After constant badgering by your faithful editor, Hervé finally replied with a very good report on his activities since leaving KU. As with all other long replies, I'll do some summarizing, but keep quite a bit, since-as you'll see-I have a personal interest. I'll even quote his last line, despite the fact that it is an entirely incorrect statement (q.v.). Hervé took a position at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN as he was completing his dissertation, thinking he would be there a couple of years: he is still there, 31 years later! Those first years were difficult, as he immediately started teaching upper level courses but both he and his wife Caroline Schoonover Pensec were completing their dissertations during that period-and raising their three children (two of whom were twins, born in Lawrence-and that's another story). Hervé's specialties have been Medieval and Renaissance literature and 17th Century French Theater; recently he introduced courses in Francophone Carribean literature and culture and organized an interim term in Martinique. In the early years, he and Caroline spent as many summers as possible in France, to be with his relatives and stay current with French culture. In 1978 they directed Carleton College's spring term in Pau. HP was Resident Director of CIEE's program in Rennes and he returned there this year to direct a joint St. Olaf-Beloit spring semester program. "Throughout my teaching career, I've also stayed involved in my violon d'Ingres: soccer." He coached the men's team at St. Olaf for six years, then-after a break-the women's team at Carleton for ten years. Lately he has refereed for local youth soccer teams, "but now concentrate on following the French soccer league and international competition on the web [or why it is so difficult to get him to reply to e-mails!]. Of course, I particularly enjoyed France's victories in the World Cup and European championship. (Let's not talk about the World Cup 2002!)" In 1987, Hervé spent the summer "researching" property in France, "with a view toward purchasing a summer home with colleagues, David and Nancy Dinneen. After visiting over 30 houses on the southern coast of Brittany (a dirty job, but somebody had to do it), I discovered the perfect site in Moëlan-sur-mer, between the ocean and the Belon River. We've all been enjoying summers on the coast ever since, at times joined by family, KU colleagues/alums and friends." HP and Caroline were divorced in 1991 and for some years, Hervé has lived with his partner, Denise Gamache, who directs a national resource center on criminal and civil legal responses to domestic violence. They spend summers in France and have also traveled through France, Germany, Italy, Spain. Hervé now has four grandchildren, and is looking forward to retirement. He has reduced his teaching load to 2/3 time, "which allows me to be free one semester a year, leaving me to indulge in endless games of boules (pétanque). During our summers in Brittany, I thoroughly enjoy beating David Dinneen on a regular basis!"
Chris Pinet (2003-01-19)
[Almost had to just write a short note myself, but thanks to Hope Christiansen, I retrieved Chris' e-mail address at the last minute, and received a very quick reply from him.] After earning his BA with us in 1966 (Honors and Distinction), Chris went on for his doctorate, and taught at Indiana State U., then Marquette U. and finally settled in the cold at Montana State University. In addition to teaching and publishing (publications ranging from medieval French farce to Brassens, Astérix, and Cabu, on through French politics and cinema), Chris was Managing Editor of the French Review from 1996-98, and has been Editor in Chief since 1998. He was named a Chevalier in the Order of the Academic Palms in 1995. He remembers the production of Lorenzaccio in his senior year [directed by visiting professor Philippe Lefebvre, with Mike Locey as Lorenzaccio and yours truly in a bit part], and giving a talk to the Cercle français on Brassens. He was on the Bordeaux program in 1964-65 and that was the reason he continued in French. Met his French relatives in Perigueux and Limoges, still visits Jean Dulck, former Director of the Institut pour étrangers when in Paris, who is 82 and still going strong. Chris sent on some interesting memories of the early KU basketball team-a Lawrence boy, he worked in concessions and saw Wilt and others.
Catherine Marie Regnier (2000-03-30)
She remembers her major professors in French with affection but has regrettably not had a chance to use her French.
Valerie Alexander Renault (2002-11-21)
Val spoke to me at the end of our Saturday morning yoga class here, mentioned that she had been on the SLI in 1969. Having majored in English rather than French, she never received one of our questionnaires, so I asked her to write me an e-mail and she did so very quickly: yoga enthusiasts don't procrastinate. After KU, Val went to USC for an MA in English, did further graduate work, then came back here and has had several jobs at KU, is now moving to a new job as a writer at the Med Center. Her memories of the SLI include the great food that she was "unworthy" of [yes, I remember how often I was disappointed in our students' lack of total appreciation of some of the delicacies we had them taste], the smells of Paris, the walk to the Sorbonne each day, her teacher M. Cordier who was "wonderfully elegant." Her final words on that are worth repeating: "Now that my own kids are high school age I hope they can take advantage of such an experience."
Susan Riseley Hoke (2000-05-26)
Now retired, Susan taught French and Spanish in Kansas and Missouri, and with DODDS in Germany and still enjoys travel to France and Quebec.
Bari S. Robinson (2000-04-15)
A French Education major in the class of l969, Bari participated in the Paris summer program in l966. Then she earned an MS in Teaching of French at SUNY Binghamton and taught there. In l974 she moved to Monterey, CA and taught French and English at Hartnell Comm. Coll. A change of direction came with a decision to get a JD at UCLA Berkeley. She practiced law for l8 years and is now Executive Director and General Counsel of the Alameda Bar Assoc. Bari assures us she retains her interest in French. She married Tyrone Cosey and their son Troy attended the French American School in Berkeley and at age ll traveled to France with his class.
Nancy Schroll Buda (2000-04-15)
With majors in Education and French (BS l968; MA l969) and a year in Aix en Provence, Nancy was well prepared to teach high school French, first in Kansas and then at Millard North High in Omaha. She married Sandy Buda (BA '67, MA '7l) .They have 2 children and their son Adam studies Business at KU. Nancy also returns to France frequently and is now Coordinator of the International Baccalaureate Diploma at her HS.
Martha Louise Selfridge Housholder (2000-09-10)
Martha was a French major (inducted into Pi Delta Phi-[I'm sorry to say that honor society is no longer active at KU]) before going on to KU Medical School. She and her husband Daniel Housholder (entry above) practice in Wichita and have two children, a son who graduated from Davidson with a minor in French and a daughter who is a Classics major there. Her cousin lived in Paris with her family from 1994-98 and Martha and family visited them four times during that period. Active in the Alliance Française of Wichita, they have hosted several couples and families, mostly from Orléans, and have visited them during their trips to France. "We have gotten to know them so much better because of our command of French. We have also been able to visit people who do not speak English and converse on a level that has been very meaningful to them and to us." As so many alumni do, she remembers Barbara Craig fondly, especially that first major class [once upon a time French 3A, then French 5, now FREN 326, Introduction to French Literature]. "I remember French Christmas parties. Another student and I sang a duet of "Entre le boeuf et l'âne gris" which must have been hilarious if it hadn't been completely serious." She has taken voice lessons since, and enjoys taking out her French carol book every year with her family. She and Dan have gone to Kenya every other year for 16 years to participate in a medical mission conference. Since many of the participants come from francophone countries, their ability to speak French has "greatly opened our channels of communication." [Martha-and anyone else who notes this request: Please send us a copy of the carols book, and any other memorabilia you can copy or are willing to part with.]
Laura Shelby Mohan
No information available.
Ann Victoria Sheldon Thomas (2000-05-16)
Graduated with BA in French and in Political Science in l964 and worked as secretary of the Dept of Romance Languages for a year while working on an MA in Political Science. She completed her JD in l975 and worked in the Office of the General Counsel at KU from l976 until her retirement in l999.
Carol Siebert Pilant (2000-04-02)
Carol spent a year at the Institut Américain in Aix en Provence in l967-68 and received her BA in French from KU in l969, followed by an MLS from Emporia State in l979. She is now a librarian at CJHS, Lawrence. Her daughter, Julia, spent her junior year in Besancon with the KU program.
Virginia Marshall SLOO Jackson (2000-04-03)
Majored in French and Education and taught French in junior high in Prairie Village from l963-68. She got a BA in French Lit from Arizona State in l993 where one of her professors was Bill Henrickson, a KU grad.
Arthur K. Spears (2000-04-19)
Professor of Linguistics and Anthropology at CUNY. Arthur graduated from KU with honors in French, Spanish, and Political Science in l965, had a Fulbright to Chile and then went on to an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He completed his formal education in l977 with a doctorate in Linguistics from UC San Diego. In addition to his academic activities which include a very extensive list of publications and presentations he has served since l967 as a contract interpreter for the US State Dept.
Llona Steele (2000-04-16)
BS in Education, MA in French (l969). Llona has fond memories of the KU SLI in Paris the summer of l965 and has been teaching French in Salina. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Kansas Wesleyan and instructor at their summer language camp. She married Lynn Steele (B A, MA in Economics) and they have two children. Laura, BA from Cornell in l996 is in grad school at Berkeley, and Lance, BS from KU in 1999, is working in Silicon Valley. Llona was chosen KFLA Teacher of the Year in l995 and won a scholarship for summer study at Indiana U and in France in l993. She and Lynn are both retired (2000) and considering future career options.
Elizabeth Sterling Helgerson, aka Liz Witt
We have an e-mail from Liz, written Feb 7, 2000, in which she told us that she had remarried and was living in the Denver area. She hoped at that time to drop in that spring when she came to Lawrence to see her daughter Laura. We have not heard since (and hope this newsletter reaches her and she sends us a complete update).
Clyde Thogmartin (2000-04-23)
BA, MA in French at KU. Clyde has been teaching at Iowa State since l968, was an Associate Prof when he wrote. He and his wife, Janis celebrated their 20th anniversary in l998 with a trip to Niagara Falls en route to a meeting in Montreal. Also, his book The National Daily Press of France came out. He was a student with the summer program in Paris in l962, and remembers well the trip --Loire Valley, Champagne, Normandie, Mont St. Michel, etc. Reinhard Kuhn directed that trip, with the assistance of Rosemary Hodgins. "It was a great introduction to France, and when I later became director of Iowa State's program in Lyon, I recognized the quality and planning involved in the K.U. program."
Betty Thomas (2002-11-17)
Betty remembers being known as a "retread" when she came over to KU from Topeka on the urging of her friend Simone JOHNSON, but has fond memories of her student-colleagues and of the professors, and is very glad she stayed with it and earned her M.A. She remained in Topeka for some time afterwards and now lives in San Francisco, but spends much of her time traveling. Her interest in French has remained strong and has influenced her many other activities and interests: " Intercultural Communication, World Literature, Travel, Italian, and a 20-year involvement with The American Women for International Understanding." Two memories I must repeat verbatim: "I particularly remember working among the dusty stacks in the library on a team assignment, four students to a team. In this case, Simone and I were "paired" with two handsome young men in their early twenties. Later, Simone and I had a good laugh about it, at the incongruity of our group, but at the time we were all four dedicated to the job at hand and worked in dead earnest." "What still surprises me is how I managed to pass my oral exams! When the hour's interrogation was over I breathed a sigh of relief and ran to the Ladies Room. ... imagine my absolute horror at looking in the mirror and seeing a big fat curler in my hair! Those three blessed professors never gave a hint anything was askew."
Evelyn Thomas Labode
[Nancy and I have been in frequent contact with Evelyn since she and Bode left Lawrence for Iowa, then moved to Minnesota, then to Omaha. We saw their daughter in Paris some years ago and have visited the family in Omaha; Evelyn visited us recently here in Lawrence. After leaving KU with an MA in French, she went on to earn a law degree and has had a very interesting career, BUT we have yet to receive her response, which would be most welcome!]
Phyllis Thomas Barbe (2000-05-04)
Phyllis majored in French at KU, spending her junior year in Bordeaux with the KU program. She stayed on as an au pair for a French family that summer. After graduation in l971 she joined the Peace Corps and was sent to Senegal to teach English to high school students for 3 years. Coming home via Paris she stayed on there to take a course, then taught at a language school where she met her French husband. Except for 2 years in Dallas they and their 2 children have lived in France (first Lyon, then Paris) ever since. She did a French licence in English lit and linguistics in Lyon and taught full time until the birth of her children. She switched to adjunct (vacataire) positions in Continuing Ed at Lyon III and then to Paris. Phyllis remembers being overwhelmed by her first class in French at KU (not unusual for students coming straight from high school French), but had a great teacher [one of our best GTAs, whom I remember well, Muriel Boland] and helpful students, including Gracie Dexter. Also remembers Sandy Beyers, who interviewed her for Bordeaux. Her young aunt, also a KU student, encouraged her to go to Bordeaux; the aunt, Rosanne Simon, went to Clermont-Ferrand on our exchange and went on to a career in French. Phyllis wrote us a long, info-packed letter about her year in Bordeaux and her experience as an American woman married to a French man. She attached an interesting article and added: "The cultural aspects of living here, even after half a lifetime, are harder to grasp than the language itself, although it is true, too, that any culture is embodied in its language. It is precisely these cultural differences which have made my life much more complicated but also much richer."
Billie Gene Thompson Fischer (2000-05-28)
She had a double major in French and Art History at KU and is now Assoc. Prof of Art History at Kalamazoo College. The l964 SLI in France was a high point of her education which indirectly led her into a PhD in Art History after she was able to see all the monuments and museums "in the flesh". She has inculcated interest in France in her children as well. She took her daughter to France in l998 and Katie is now a major in English and Francophone studies at Carleton. Billie's experience has made her very supportive of Kalamazoo's extensive study abroad programs. Once again, Barbara Craig was mentioned as a particularly influential teacher. Her section on the 1964 SLI will be very helpful for that history. I'll quote one comment: "Finally, the SLI has been so important in my career. Not only did it increase my love of foreign language, food, and travel (all of which I make use of in teaching art history), but it also made me even more supportive of Kalamazoo College's Study Abroad program."
Diana Thompson Dale (2000-04-10)
Like her sister, Diana had a double major in French and Art History and fond memories of an SLI (l966). She credits the summer in France with helping her develop self-reliance. Diana is now a media specialist with the Denver Rocky Mountain News. She is married, with an impressive family of 3 dogs, 3 cats and a green-wing macaw, and is co-founder of a non-profit organization, "Pack to School" which provides school supplies to needy children living in homeless shelters. Her anecdote about a recent trip to France (the only way she continues to use her French) is worth repeating. It refers to the common notion that the French are rude. "It finally dawned on em, after observing an exchange between two French strangers, that the French are never rude first, but they will be rude back. Americans are very direct and will ask a question without prefacing it with "S'il vous plaît, Madame," so it's perceived as rude and the response they get will be abrupt and unfriendly. Being fluent in French is a lot more than just learning the language." This SLI story, about Mont St Michel, also must be repeated: "Bob Alderman, a student, wanting to know more about the area around the island, approached our director, Bill Mould. But instead of asking about the tide [quite dangerous, as SLI students have heard every year], what Bob said was, "What time does the mold come in?"
Mary Anna True Beer (2000-04-16)
Graduated in French in l966 and then returned to Canada, where she had met her future husband during a junior year at Laval University in Quebec. She now lives near Toronto and has taught French and Special Ed for about 25 years.
Alice (Lili) Glynos Tunks (2002-11-02)
Lili answered the questionnaire much earlier, but the USPS managed to mangle her reply and it took a while to get back in contact and start again from scratch. Worth the wait. While working on her doctorate with us (Ken White, dissertation director, especially remembered for his kindness and help), she taught at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, then in 1969, began a long career of teaching at Rockhurst, retiring as a full professor in 1998. Not living in Lawrence (always with a full-time position elsewhere) was a struggle for her, particularly in fulfilling the residency requirement. On the other hand, she "was not privy to troubling campus rumors or gossip or to the typical graduate student's anguish about the future which can undermine anyone's confidence." Therefore, she "was able to maintain a more objective and I believe healthier outlook. I had two children during those years so I had little time to devote to anything other than study or work." While at Rockhurst, she had two sabbaticals which allowed her to conduct research in France, but it was teaching that was Rockhurst's focus (a Jesuit tradition) and she derived the greatest pleasure from teaching and from serving as Director of the Study Abroad program for many years, and responsible for implementing the programs in Avignon and Aix-en-Provence.. She chaired the department for a number of years and was gratified to see the number of majors grow from 4 to 20. Lili also developed the graduate assistant exchange program which brought teachers from France to their campus and sent Rockhurst students to teach in French lycées. And the activities increased with the years: [I could not help thinking as I read her report that it was unfortunate that we had not been able to have her remain at KU-a dynamo, and a native speaker.] When Lili's husband retired, and they thought about the traveling they wished to do, she also retired. Her final comments included a statement that she would recommend the teaching career to anyone wishing to experience continued learning.
Sharon Wells Cranston (2000-05-01)
Sharon recalls the l964 SLI as a turning point in her college career and has taken numerous student groups herself during her years teaching at Bethel College in Newton and later at Newton High . After graduation from KU she married Steve Cranston (l967) and taught French for 4 years in Shawnee Mission NW, before they started a family, Steve finished medical school and they moved to Las Vegas (Air Force duty). Started teaching again in 1981. They have 2 daughters--one a KU grad and the other at Stanford and both know French! Sharon is now learning Italian and playing the hanmered dulcimer and viola. She passed on lots of good info for the history of French studies and had some nice things to say about the department.
Charles H. Wescoe (2000-04-10)
Charlie earned his MA in French in l963 and then taught French and Spanish in Pennsylvania public schools. He characterizes himself now as a retired "provincial Pennsylvania gentleman."
H. Randolph Williams (2000-04-14)
After completing a French major and one in Political Science, Randy went to Law School and continued with an advanced tax degree. His interest in French was reignited after a trip to France in l987 and he started taking courses at the Chicago Alliance Francaise. He served as president of the Alliance from 1999 to 2002, and on the same date as his retirement from that post was decorated as Chevalier dans l'ordre des arts et des lettres. He was sure the honor came as a result of the efforts of the entire Board to upgrade the presentation of French culture in Chicago, but we know it was the Jayhawk who carried the ball and we congratulate him for his leadership.
Marcia Willoughby Dumler (2000-03-30)
Marcia has used her major in French Ed. as a teacher of French and Language Arts at Jackson Heights, a small rural school north of Holton, and has traveled to Europe several times.
Dorothy A. Witter (2000-04-12)
Dorothy is now at Oklahoma State. She was a participant in the SLI in l968, which took place in Geneva because of all the student unrest in Paris, and is anxious to contact the other participants. Our database at present will not give us that information easily, but perhaps we'll be able to refine it once this major task is done.