The Austin College community is saddened by the death of Dr. Cynthia Manley, professor emerita of French at Austin College.
She joined the Austin College faculty in 1977 and shared her love of
the French language and the culture of France with hundreds of students
before her retirement in 2010. She loved teaching and once said her goal
in teaching French was to create success for her students in learning
Cynthia worked with many outreach activities of the language
department, including many years of organizing Foreign Language Weekend
and Fete Francaise programs, which brought hundreds of high school
language learners to campus. She later was involved in the Richardson
Language Institute for Texas teachers of French, Latin, Spanish, and
German. In addition to teaching and mentoring , Cynthia long was
involved in research of 18th century French literature. In her leisure,
she was a great fan of the detective novel. She also participated in the
Denison Sister City program with Cognac, France.
For several years, she also served as director of international
education, helping students prepare for study abroad programs around the
world. She also mentored international students attending Austin
College, helping them to acclimate to their U.S. –and Austin
For the past year, Cynthia lived in Florida near her sister. The
family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the
Wirth-Manley Endowed Founders Scholarship at Austin College that Cynthia
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