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Middlebury Honors Saint-Exupéry's 1939 Visit to French School

September 2, 2009

In 1939, the French School welcomed the legendary author-aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry to campus. His visit coincided with the translation of his acclaimed work, Wind, Sand and Stars. Howard Scherry, from the organization Remembering Saint-Exupéry, was instrumental in working with Middlebury to install a commemorative plaque in the Château honoring the 70th anniversary of Saint-Exupéry's visit to Middlebury. The declaration of World War II hastened Saint-Exupéry's return to French military service. Coincidentally, the father of Aline Germain-Rutherford, director of the French School, was among the men present as Saint-Exupéry embarked on his final fateful flight, never to be seen again.

"What place would you advise me to visit now?" he asked. "The planet Earth," replied the geographer. "It has a good reputation."-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince