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Obituary for Chris Pinet, MSU French professor emeritus

November 18, 2011

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Christopher Pinet, professor emeritus of French at Montana State University, gold medal recipient from La Renaissance Française and longtime editor of the French Review died at home on Thursday, Nov. 17.

His full obituary can be read at Dokken-Nelson at:

Cremation has already taken place. At a later date there will be a small ceremony during which Pinet's ashes will be scattered in the mountains he loved.

Pinet taught at MSU for 30 years, retiring in 2010. While at MSU he also served as the editor-in-chief of The French Review, the largest distribution scholarly journal of French and Francophone studies in the world. He wrote nearly 70 editorials on subjects ranging from francophobia in the United States to riots in the Parisian banlieues. Towards the end of his career, he was recognized by the French government for his work with The French Review with several prestigious awards and honors.

Pinet's honors were featured in several MSU News stories:

Pinet receives La Renaissance Française gold medal:
Christopher Pinet receives award from French Deputy Consul General:
People in Education: Pinet honored as outgoing editor of The French Review: