Fleurange Laforest

(19??-??) A founding member of the Centre français de Montréal. She received the Service Award in 1960.

FLEURANGE LAFOREST, a legal secretary by profession, was a founding member of the Centre français de Montréal. She was its Secretary-Treasurer from 1951 to '65 and became Director of Public Relations the following year. She spoke to the Centre on a number of topics including a new theory of the surface of Mars, the star of Bethlehem, and Galileo. Her interest in astronomy dates back to her youth. Fleurange spent nine of her formative years in Chile, where she spent many hours reading astronomy books belonging to her father, a civil engineer.

In the citation drawn up for the presentation of the Service Award to her in 1960, it was stated that Miss Laforest "worked tirelessly for the Centre, recruiting members, organizing programmes, expeditions and observing meetings. The members acknowledge her as the spirit and binding force which has kept the Centre alive and flourishing in good years and bad."

Peter Broughton (from Looking Up)

Laforest, Fleurange