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Obituary: Andree Barnett

Andree Barnett

8/1/1917 ~ 10/18/2007

Andree M.L. Barnett was born to Eugene Paheau and Gabriel Beaugard Paheau in Thuin, Belgium during the German Occupation of World War I. She moved from Thuin to Mons and then to Stavelot, Belgium where her father was a Professor of Mathematics. During World War II she and her family had to leave on foot in a snow storm to escape the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, she met her future husband Don H. Barnett of Utah, in Virviers, Belgium and was invited to come to Salt Lake City for a visit. Andree and Don were married in Salt Lake City on August 6, 1947.She took an MA degree in languages at the University of Utah in 1948. She did additional graduate study at Stanford University in 1948-49 and for a semester in 1953. She completed the PhD degree at the University of Utah in 1956.

In 1947, she joined the faculty of the Department of Languages and Literature teaching principally the French language, Medieval and Renaissance literature, and Philology until she retired in 1990. From 1974 until 1982 she was the Associate Dean of the College of Humanities, serving as the Acting Dean in the spring of 1982. She is the coauthor of several French textbooks with her long time friend and colleague, Robert Helbling.

Andree Barnett was loved and respected by her colleagues and students. She was an outstanding teacher and mentor to her many students, admired for her extensive knowledge, sense of humor, and wise counsel. She is survived by her husband Don, niece Francoise Paheau, nephew Pierre Paheau, and many more who love her.

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