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Leon Emile Dostert


Leon Emile Dostert, French educator. Decorated United States Legion of Merit with cluster, Bronze Star with cluster, France Knight Legion of Honor, Croix de Guerre with Palms, Morocco and Tunisia. Served from major to colonel, 1942-1946; Member Modern Language Association of America, Linguistic Society American, Phi Beta Kappa Associates, Phi Beta Kappa.; Club: Cosmos (Washington).


Dostert, Leon Emile was born on May 14, 1904 in Longwy, France. Son of Leon Emile and Marie (Hollet) Dostert.


Came to the United States, 1921. Naturalized, 1941; student Occidental College, 1924-1926. Bachelor of Science, Georgetown University, 1928, Bachelor of Philosophy, 1930, Master of Arts, 1931.

Graduate student Johns Hopkins, 1935-1936. Doctor of Letters Franklin and Marshall College, 1957. Doctor of Laws., Georgetown University, 1958.

Doctor of Letters (honorary), Occidental College, 1960.


Instructor French, Georgetown University, 1926-1929, assistant professor, 1929-1932, acting chairman faculty modern languages, 1930-1936, department chairman, 1936-1941, associate professor, 1932-1936, professor, 1936-1941. Professor French civilization Scripps College, 1941. Attache French embassy, Washington, 1939-1940.

With O.S.S., 1942; director simultaneous interpretation div., United Nations, 1946-1947. Administrative counsellor International Telecommunication Union, Geneva, 1948-1949. Secretary general International High Frequency Broadcast Conference, 1948-1949.

Director Institute Languages and Linguistics, Georgetown University, 1949. Professor French, department chairman langs. and linguistics Occidental College, Los Angeles, 1963-1969, professor emeritus of langs. and linguistics, 1969-1971. Language consultant international, United States, foreign goverments, private corporations.


  • Editor Monograph Series on Langs. and Linguistics, 1952-1956. Author: Spoken French, 1956. Francais Premier Cours, 1958.

    Francais, Cours Moyen. Francais, Styles Litteraires. Contributor articles on langs. to professional journals.


Served from major to colonel, 1942-1946. Member Modern Language Association of America, Linguistic Society American, Phi Beta Kappa Associates, Phi Beta Kappa. Club: Cosmos (Washington).


Married second, Bozena Henisz, May, 1965. Children: Leon Emile (deceased), Anne Marie, Pierre, Francois.

Leon Emile Dostert

Marie (Hollet) Dostert

Bozena Henisz

Leon Emile Dostert (deceased)

Anne Marie Dostert

Pierre Dostert

Francois Dostert