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Robert John Matthew


Robert John Matthew, American educator. Decorated Chevalier Palmes Academiques; Chevalier Ordre National du Merite; gold medal City of Paris, 1972.


Matthew, Robert John was born on February 14, 1907 in Easton, New Hampshire, United States. Son of William and Stella Ada (Little) Matthew.


Bachelor of Arts, Univercity N.H., 1928. Diplome d’Etudes Francaises, Institut Franco-American de Vichy, France, 1931. Student of University Geneva, 1931-1932.

Doctorat d’Universite, Mention Lettres, 1932, U. de Clermont, Clermont-Ferrand, France, 1932.


1 son, John Little. Master in French and Spanish schools in Virginia, N.H., New York City, 1928-1934. Instructor Ecole Internationale, Gland, Switzerland, 1931. Hunter College, New York City, 1936.

Lecturer American U., Washington, 1944-1945. Instructor College City of New York, evening sessions, 1933-1936, member graduate advising committee and supervisor foreign language teacher training, 1936-1938, instructor Romance langs., 1938-1942, 1946-1947, assistant professor, 1947-1957. Professor French, Sweet Briar (Virginia) College, 1957-1975, director Junior Year in France, 1952-1953, general director, 1957-1972.

President, vice president Books Across the Sea, 1941-1943. Member regional committee interchange of teachers under Fulbright Exchange Program.


  • Author books, from 1932, including: Language and Area Studies in the Armed Services, 1948. Universities of the World Outside of the United States of America, 1950. Contributor to professional journals and reviews.


Member regional committee interchange of teachers under Fulbright Exchange Program. Served as Second lieutenant, Army Specialist corpus, United States army, 1942. Member Mutual Aid Society of City College, English-Speaking Union, (founder and editor 1st number News), Federation French Alliances in the United States and Canada (member board directors), American Association Teachers French, American Association Teachers Spanish, American Association of University Professors, Modern Language Association, Foreign Policy Association, France-America Society.


Married Helen Margaret Gunder, July 29, 1939.

William Matthew

Stella Ada (Little) Matthew

Helen Margaret Gunder