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Madeleine Derdeyn-Joseph, retired associate professor of French and Italian, died on February 27, 1998.
Professor Derdeyn-Joseph was born in Roulers, Belgium. Available records show both May 31, 1900, and May 31, 1905, for her date of birth. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1927 and a master's degree from Syracuse University in 1928.
Professor Derdeyn-Joseph taught at Winthrop College for Women and the University of Puerto Rico prior to joining The University of Texas at Austin in 1944. She taught until 1974, when she retired. She was a member of the American Association of Teachers of French and the South Central Association of Language Teachers. She was recognized for her service to the University at the convocation of the College of Liberal Arts in 1994.
In 1992, Professor Derdeyn-Joseph participated in the "Walk Across Texas" contest for individuals over 70 and came in second, behind a 72-year-old contestant.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on February 21, 2001. Additional biographical sources can be found in the UT Office of Public Affairs.