Bruce and Jane Robert (’69) Honored in Paris

| October 28, 2011

Paris: Antoine Guerrier du Dumast, President of La Renaissance Française; Bruce P. Robert, Jane M. Robert, and Abdou Diouf, past President of Senegal

Webster University alumna and College of Arts & Sciences advisory board member Jane Robert (’69) and her husband, Bruce, have received La Renaissance Française’s highest award: La Médaille d’Or de la Renaissance Française.

This medal recognizes persons who have rendered eminent and exceptional service in areas supported by La Renaissance Française.

The two were honored after they donated $1 million to establish Webster University’s Jane and Bruce Robert Professorship in French and Francophone Studies — Webster’s first endowed full-time professorship.

Former president of Senegal and current Secrétaire Général of the International Organization of Francophonie Abdou Diouf was also honored with the award.

The medals were presented in the elegant headquarters of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie on Oct. 6, 2011, in Paris. The award was presented to Monsieur Abdou Diouf for his long-term commitment to French language and culture as the Secrétaire Général of the OIF and as the past President of Senegal.

The award for Mr. and Mrs. Robert was given principally in recognition of the couple’s founding of the first permanent Chair at Webster University, but it also recognizes their many years of active commitment to the promotion of French language and culture in the United States.

La Renaissance Française was founded in 1916 by Raymond Poincaré, President of the French Republic.  La Renaissance Française continues to work under the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Education.

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