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Mary E. Storer

Excerpted from: The Beloit Daily News (October 20, 1963)
Dr. Mary E. Storer to Speak at Center

     Dr. Mary E. Storer, professor emeritus of French at Beloit College, will be guest speaker at the college Tuesday giving an address entitled "Life in Paris," at 4 p.m. in the Bunge Room of the World Affairs Center.

     Dr. Storer, who has traveled extensively in Europe and South America, will comment on the many and exciting cultural aspects of life in Paris, where she has lived for many years.

     Her appearance is one of a weekly series of discussion sessions sponsored by the college in which faculty members and students share their experiences abroad with townspeople and others on campus.

     She was a member of the Beloit faculty from 1929 to the end of the 1954-55 academic year. In 1955-56, she accepted a position at Allegheny College as a John Hay Whitney visiting professor.

     A graduate of Smith College where she received her B.A. degree, Storer went on to receive her M.A. degree from the University of California, Berkely, and her Ph.D. degree from the University of Paris.

     Dr. Storer is the author and editor of many articles and books, including the first American textbook edition of Jean Giraudoux's famous play "The Madwoman of Chaillot." Among other works translated from the French into English are Sartre's "Les Jeux Sont Faits," a book of fairy tales of the 17th century, Andre Maurois' satire on war, "Patapoufs et Filifers," and Ramorde Vincent's regional novel of the berry country south of Paris, "Compagne."

     A former secretary of Phi Sigma Iota, honorary romance language fraternity, and a past president of the Beloit College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Dr. Storer has been the recipient of many awards for her scholarship and educational work, including having been made "Officier de L'Academie," and being presented with "Les Palmes Academiques," by the French government. The decorations, which have their origins back in the days of Napoleon the First, are now periodically bestowed by the French Ministry of National Education on persons who have rendered important service to teaching.


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