Obituary: Blondiaux, French doctoral candidate

Marie Blondiaux, a doctoral candidate in French languages and literatures in Arts & Sciences, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003. She was 27.

Blondiaux, who was born in Albertville, France, in the French Alps, was entering the dissertation stage of the program and was scheduled to earn a doctorate in the next 2-4 years. She was a teaching assistant in French 101 during the fall semester.

“Marie was an excellent student who did very well in her courses here,” said Pascal Ifri, Ph.D., associate professor of French. “I also observed her as a teacher. She was very good in the classroom and had an excellent rapport with her students.

“In addition, she was very popular with the other graduate students in the department. Everybody was devastated at the news of her death. I also know she had a great sense of humor and loved children and animals.”

Blondiaux completed her undergraduate education at Universit├ę Jean Moulin in Lyon, France, in 1998 and earned a master’s degree in French from Portland State University in 2001. She started classes at Washington University in fall 2001.

Blondiaux was involved in private tutoring of French to local elementary children. She also enjoyed swimming and squash.

A memorial service is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. today in the Newman Center on Forsyth Boulevard.

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