Executive Director Emerita, 1987-2004
Dr. Mary E. Gutermuth, Ph.D., Eta Iota
Dr. Gutermuth, a native of Columbia, Missouri, was a Professor of French at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, where she taught in the French program for thirty-six years. Dr. Gutermuth obtained her B.S. degree from Saint Louis University, and her M.A., Ph.D. degrees from the University of Missouri. Her doctoral thesis was on Feminism in the novels of Louis Aragon. She also received a certificat de la langue française from the Sorbonne in Paris. Prior to moving to Huntsville, Dr. Gutermuth taught at Loyola of Chicago from 1965-1967. Besides serving as the Executive Director of Pi Delta Phi for seventeen years and a faculty senator at Sam Houston State University for thirty years, Dr. Gutermuth was also very active in other professional organizations, including the American Association of University Women, the American Association of Teachers of French, and Delta Kappa Gamma (the National Teacher's Honor Society). Dr. Gutermuth served as a Pi Delta Phi panelist at the 2000 AATF convention in Paris, as a member of the governing editorial board of and regular contributor for French XX Bibiography, and wrote articles and reviews on many topics. Dr. Gutermuth passed away on May 30, 2016. One of the Pi Delta Phi scholarships is named in her honor.