Madeleine McDermott Professor of French

October 06, 1992

Madeleine McDermott, who was a professor of French at Towson State University, died Sept. 5 at her home in the Carrollton Apartments after a heart attack.

A memorial Mass for Dr. McDermott, who was 72, was to be offered at 6:30 p.m. today at SS. Philip and James Roman Catholic Church, 2801 N. Charles St.

She retired in 1986 after teaching at Towson State for 17 years and before that at Mount St. Agnes College for about six years.

The former Madeleine Genser was a native of Verdun in France and was a graduate of the University of Paris, where she studied English.

Later, she earned a master's degree and a doctorate in French at the Johns Hopkins University.

At the end of World War II, she served as an interpreter for the U.S. Army and from 1946 until 1953 was a librarian for the Paris edition of the New York Herald Tribune.

After working as a translator for the Indian Embassy in Paris, she worked for the United States Information Agency in Paris before moving to the United States in 1962.

Her husband, Bernard M. McDermott, who was a juvenile court master in Baltimore, died in 1975.

The were no close surviving blood relatives, but friends suggested memorial contributions to the Bernard M. McDermott Scholarship Fund at Loyola College.

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