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JoAnne DeBlois Lapointe was born in 1933 and grew up in Winthrop, ME. She attended Mount Merici Academy in Waterville for high school, graduating in 1952. She attended Trinity College in Burlington, VT, where she received her bachelor’s degree. She taught Humanities and English at schools in Maine and Massachusetts, and in 1973 became the Dean of Students at Central Maine Vocational Technical Institute in Auburn. She was the first female Dean of Students at a technical college in Maine. Along with her husband, Norman Lapointe, she was instrumental in founding the Centre D’Heritage Franco-Americaine, now known as the Franco-American Collection (FAC). She served as a representative in the Maine State House of Representatives, and contributed articles to the Lewiston Sun Journal on many topics. She passed away in 2016. Norman, also spelled “Normand” J. Lapointe was born in Chelsea, ME in 1929. He and JoAnne married on August 16, 1958 in Winthrop, ME. He received his B.A. from the University of Maine Orono, and his M.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He performed his doctoral residency in counseling at Orono. He served during the Korean War as a personnel accounting specialist, and later belonged to the American Legion Post 057 in Old Orchard Beach, ME. He taught at Searsport High School and served as the guidance director for the city of Lewiston before he came to work at the JoAnne and Norman Lapointe Memorial Collection, (1969-1979) Franco-American Collection University of Southern Maine Libraries University of Southern Maine (USM) in 1967. At USM, he worked as the Upward Bound program director, developed and directed the Child and Family Institute and was awarded the “Distinguished Service Award” in 1980. Professor Lapointe was a leader in the early childhood development and education community, and belonged to several organizations promoting children’s education. He was also involved in cultural organizations, notably the Centre D’Heritage Franco-Americaine, now the FAC, where he was president. Under his tenure, the organization supported art exhibits, including of the work of J.J. Bourgault, operettas and other cultural programs. He passed away in 2001.

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1969 to 1979
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