French/American cultural exchange leader and friend of Mn-AATF

Awarded CHEVALIER des Palmes Académiques - May 9, 2004

Naomi Thomsen, between 2 French dignitaries from the Chicago French Consulate

[l -> r] Consul Général - Chicago, M. Dominique DeCherf, Naomi Thomsen, et Alain Frécon, Consul honoraire après la présentation

"The Palmes Académiques award was established by Napoléon in order to honor excellence in the academic world. It is the oldest and most highly respected award presented to scholars by the French government. Naomi's award resulted from her thirty years of promotion of French language and culture in the United States as well as in France. She created the cultural exchange program, Language and Friendship which opened the horizons of many students both here and from abroad. Profoundly honored to receive this award, Naomi expressed thanks to Anne Olafson and Kathleen Lahouze, among others, for their hard work on her behalf."

"After a long and hard-fought battle with cancer, Naomi passed away on May 26, 2004 surrounded by her family. She was and will always be an amazing gift of inspiration ... as we remember her passion, her generosity, her determination, and her courage in all aspects of her life and work."

Edited extraits:
           MCTLC, Minnesota Language Review, Summer 2004, page 35
           MN Chapter - Am. Assoc. of Teachers of French:
           "MnAATFNet" e-mail distribution service and REFLETS de l'étoile du nord, Summer, 2004, page 8

Association des Membres de l'ordre des Palmes Académiques: AMOPA website
Consulat Général de France à Chicago: Info en français

To contribute to the Naomi Thomsen Scholarship Fund, contact: Kathy Lahouze for information.

Minnesota-connected Palmes Académiques: Honorees since 1960

MnAATF website URL - http://courseweb.stthomas.edu/mlwolsey/mnaatf/A5.htm
created: July 15, 2004                                 last updated: 14 avril, 2007