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Genevieve M. Orr

June 28, 2010

Genevieve M. Orr, a retired Western Michigan University faculty member, died May 11 in Astoria, Ore. She was 85.

Orr joined WMU's languages and linguistics faculty in 1957 and taught French. She retired as an assistant professor with emerita status in 1982 after 24 years of service to the University.

A Paris native, Orr studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and worked for the U.S. military as a switchboard operator when the Allies liberated France from the Germans in 1945. After World War II, she became a U.S. citizen.

Orr earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Paris in 1944 and a master's degree from WMU in 1963. She also taught at Kalamazoo College.

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