Middlebury

A Legacy in Languages

J. Richard Guthrie not only unlocked the secret to learning many languages—he held the key to Paris! While working towards his MA with the Middlebury French School at the Sorbonne in 1966, he was elected president of the student body and was awarded the symbolic key to the City of Light by the then mayor of Paris François Mitterand, later to become the president of the French Republic.

Guthrie went on to teach French and German for 35 years at Chris­topher Newport University. He was one of nine recipients of the 2000 Certificate of Merit for outstanding achievement in furthering the teaching of German in U.S. schools from the American Association of Teachers of German. Upon his death in 2006, Guthrie established a schol­arship at the École Française where, in his words, “I had the best time in my life.” 

Gifts like Guthrie’s, in the form of bequests and life income gifts, make up a critical base of future support for the Language Schools. For information on how to include the Language Schools in your estate plans, click here.