Colette Dubois Brichant

July 9, 1926July 4, 2013

Colette Dubois Brichant (née Dubois) was born on the outskirts of Paris on July 9th 1926, died July 4, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Educated during her youth in youth in both the United Kingdom (Exeter in Cornwall) and France, she pursued her university studies at the Sorbonne in Paris, where she completed her Masters degrees in both English and French, and her doctorate in History.  It was her love of history, and in particular her fascination with the American 19th century transcendental movement (Emerson), that brought her to the United States in 1952, as a 26 year old Fulbright Scholar.  Greeting her and her fellow young European “Fulbrighters” upon their arrival in New York, was none other than Eleanor Roosevelt.  She spent the first few years of her 40 year academic career, teaching at Middlebury College in Vermont, where during the summer of 1956, she became well acquainted with the poet Robert Frost, who spent part of his summers teaching at Middlebury’s Bread Loaf Writers School. It was during her tenure at Middlebury that she met her husband André Albert Brichant (also from Europe) who was completing his own studies at McGill University in Montréal. In 1958 she was offered and accepted a teaching position at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), where she remained as a professor until her retirement just over 20 years ago. She was an extremely successful university author, having written and published more than a dozen primarily college textbooks. She received generous support from the University of California throughout her academic career, allowing her to travel worldwide and continue her love of historical research. Upon her retirement from UCLA, she moved to Atlanta Georgia where her son was living and working as a commercial pilot for Delta Airlines.  Until very recently, Mrs Brichant was able to maintain both an active physical and intellectual life, spending part of her retirement years at her family apartment in Paris, the Winter and Spring months in Atlanta, and the rest traveling the world in search of the not yet seen, and not yet experienced. During her latter years, her intellectual pursuits focused on Asia, and the cross-fertilization of ideas between East and West.  Colette Brichant is survived by her son Stephen, her daughter-in-law Dr. Kathie Brichant, and two grown grandchildren, Michael and Margaret, who both live out of state.


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Myrna McCallister

August 16, 2013

I am merely an anonymous one of thousands and thousands of students of Colette Brichant. I was in her classes at UCLA in 1966-1968, a French major, but without interest or knowledge of France or of history, just a frivolous youngster. But then I had civilization classes with Madame Brichant. Something clicked, as I watched lecture, I was mesmerized as she talked rapid fire, and oddly always looking slightly up, never at the class. I learned about history, art, architecture, religion, literature, I learned so much, most importantly how much there was to learn. I still have, 45 years later, the books she authored that were our texts, I still have my notes from the lectures, I have thought of her so often over the years. I still thank her for what she gave to me. And I became an academic and a teacher too! Thanks to Madame Brichant.

Adam Sutkus

July 14, 2013

Steve-- over the years I've grown to know what a powerful influence your mother was on your life in so many ways. She was a remarkable person. She helped you become the great person and loyal friend that I have enjoyed for over 30 years. You can smile and know that she had a life very well lived. Take care of yourself during this time of reflection and celebrating her life. Your good friend, Adam

charles henri thirault

July 9, 2013

La distance rend ma présence impossible, cependant, j'espère que cette pensée sincère de sympathie et de compréhension pourra vous apporter réconfort et sérénité.
Recevez nos sincères condoléances de notre part.

Axel Leblois

July 9, 2013

Chers Stéphane, Kathie, Michael and Margaret,
Nous sommes tous très tristes d'apprendre le décès de votre mère et grand-mère Colette. Nous gardons un très beau souvenir de nos rencontres à Atlanta. Son immense culture et son esprit de découverte, sa brillante carrière académique et son attachement à nos deux cultures française et américaine étaient exceptionnels et d'une grande richesse pour tous au sein de notre communauté internationale d'Atlanta. Nous nous souvenons avec affection des voyages que Stéphane a continué d'offrir à sa mère jusqu'à une époque très récente pour parcourir les cinq continents. Quel bel exemple d'ouverture sur le monde à suivre pour nous tous ! Toutes nos condoléances et sincères amitiés accompagnées de nos chaleureuses pensées.
Axel, Christine, Lucie, Armand, Stéphane et Benjamin Leblois

Mark Schwinge

July 9, 2013

An eloquent tribute to your remarkable Mother. So many of her gifts live on in you, Stephen.

In the coming days may God surround you with His comfort.

July 8, 2013

Stephen, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. It does sound as though your mother had a wonderful life, and lived it to the fullest!

Janet Kowal and Family, Chicago, IL

Vicky Deatherage

July 8, 2013

Stephen, I am sorry for your loss. Your Mother was a special friend to me and I will miss my Tuesday's with her. She lived Life to the fullness and I was bless to have known her.She share stories with me and how much she loved you.Love & Prayers to the Brichant Family

Vickie Haddock

July 7, 2013

My sisters loved your mother very much. I'm so sorry for your lost. Michelle talked so much of your wonderful mother I felt as if I new her. What a wonderful blessing God gave you.

Hilke and Frits Belle

July 7, 2013

She lived her life to the max!

michelle muller

July 7, 2013

Stephen, You were truly blessed to have Colette as your mother. She was a real lady, and I am grateful for the time I spent with her.