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Mary Ann Tétreault

Monday, November 16, 2015

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of MaryAnn Tétreault, the emeritus Una Chapman Cox Distinguished Professor of International Affairs. She passed away Wednesday, Nov. 11 in Newport, Vt. She was 73.

Tétreault came to Trinity in 2000 and immediately fell in love with her political science students. She developed a reputation for listening without judgment and being open to a range of ideas. A social fraternity selected her as "Professor of the Year" in 2009, and the University bestowed an advising award on her the same year.  Students often gave glowing testimonials of how Tétreault helped them gain self-confidence to reach their fullest potential and spoke of "her patience, energy, enthusiasm, and sage advice." She retired from Trinity in 2012.

Tetreault began in academia as a chemist and historian. As an undergrad at Sarah Lawrence, her roommate was Linda Hardberger, wife of former San Antonio Mayor Phil Hardberger. Tétreault won a National Science Foundation scholarship to study politics after several years as a community activist. When she decided to go to graduate school, she was reading novels by author Larry McMurtry, a Rice University graduate, and she ended up there, saying she thoroughly loved being in a classroom to find out what “students want to know.”

Tétreault also found a curiosity about the oil industry and America's love-hate relationship with the Middle East because of oil. After writing her dissertation about the Arab oil exporters of the Persian Gulf, she earned a doctorate from Rice. In subsequent years, Tétreault was a Fulbright Fellow at Kuwait University in 1990, and Comenius University in Slovakia in 1996. She taught at Kitakyushu University, Old Dominion University, and Iowa State University before arriving at Trinity. She also was a visiting professor at the American University of Kuwait and a fellow at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service in Qatar.

In retirement, she returned to her home in Vermont. She continued to travel to Kuwait and was honored as the Distinguished Senior Scholar in Political Economy by the International Studies Association.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Tétreault, and two sons, Charles and Paul. No memorial services are planned. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.