Class of 2012

Claire Quintal had a lengthy career as an educator at the college level.

Dr. Quintal was a Professor of French and French Civilization at Assumption College in Worcester for over 30 years. When hired, she was only the second female professor at Assumption College.

She also served as the Dean of the Graduate School and is the Founding Director Emerita of the French Institute located on the Assumption College campus. In that capacity, she wrote, edited and/or translated numerous publications including the Franco-American Women, Steeples and Smokestacks: a Collection of Essays on the Franco-American Experience in New England, and two biographies of prominent 19th Century Assumptionists.

Doctor Quintal is a Chevalier of France’s Legion of Honor and is also an Officier in its National Order of Merit. She was among the first group of Americans to be awarded the Congressionally-sponsored Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 1986.

Most recently Claire worked on the creation of the Friendship Monument in Quebec. The monument was erected for the 400th anniversary of the founding of the city and celebrates the strong cultural and economic ties between Quebec and New England.

She is a native of Central Falls, RI and is an AFGS Life Member.

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