Pauline R. Nelson, PhD, 77, died peacefully on Nov. 18, 2018.
She was born in Caribou, Maine on Sept. 4, 1941 to Rev. Mallard and Charlotte Nelson. She was raised in Manchester, NH and graduated from High School in Kane, PA. She graduated from Upsala College in E. Orange, NJ, but first attended the Sorbonne in Paris. As a result, she became enamored of the French language and culture and decided to dedicate her life to teaching the value of learning foreign languages to American students.
For 35 years until her retirement, Pauline taught French at Bethany College in West Virginia, chairing the Foreign Language Department there for many years. As Director of Bethany’s Foreign Language Day for 25 years, she brought nearly 1,000 high school students annually to Bethany for language competitions.
Among other awards she has received is the 2004 Cyrus Vance Award for International Education. More recently she was awarded the Palmes Academiques for services rendered to French Culture.
She was the Founder and longtime President of the Societe Francophone of Cape Cod. Not only did she provide organizational abilities to the group, but also made sure everyone had a good time.
All through her life she was known as the one who could lead the singing with her guitar in hand. One of her former students said that she “gave her music”. At every family reunion and gathering, Pauline knew the words to every song and we didn’t ever want the songs to end!
She is survived by her sister Marjorie, niece Diana and her husband David, niece Jocelyn and her husband Scott, grandnephews Joshua and Matthew, cousins and many loving friends.
A graveside service will be held on Sunday December 2, 2018 at 2 PM in Mt. Tabor Cemetery, Kane, PA. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to First Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 1663 Main St., W. Barnstable, MA 02668.
Pauline was grateful for “everloving parents, for dearest sister, for loving nieces and grandnephews, for mes cher etudiants, for beloved friends and family…Tack o Gud!”
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