June 2, 2011 — Robert T. Denommé, professor emeritus of French in the University of Virginia's College of Arts & Sciences, died May 24.
Except for two years at the University of Chicago as an assistant professor, Denomme's academic career was spent at U.Va. He joined the French department in 1962 and was appointed full professor of French in 1970. He held the Douglas Huntly Gordon Professorship in French from 1990 until his retirement in 1997.
Denommé earned his Ph.D. in French and Romance philology from Columbia University in 1962. He also received a graduate diploma for teachers of French at the Sorbonne, University of Paris, while he was a Fulbright Scholar.
Denommé was instrumental in establishing the U.Va. French House, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. In 1993, he received an All-University Teaching Award.
In 1989, he was awarded the Medal of the Chevalier of the French Order of the Palmes Academiques.
A memorial service organized by U.Va. friends and colleagues will be held on Sept. 18 at a time and place to be announced.