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  • ID: I8856
  • Name: Durand Echeverria
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 26 Feb 1913 in Short Hills, New Jersey
  • Death: 21 May 2001 in Wellfleet, Massachusetts
  • Note:
    Brown University Alumni Magazine
    Durand Echeverria, of Wellfleet, Mass.; May 21, 2001. He chaired the French and comparative literature departments. A professor at Brown from 1950 to 1980, he helped found the language lab, coached the men's crew, and served on the Medical Board. He was also secretary of the faculty and chair of the Student Disciplinary Committee. An expert on French writers and eighteenth-century ideas about democracy, he received two Fulbright fellowships, a Guggenheim grant, and a grant from the National Humanities Foundation. His books included Mirage in the West and the two-volume bibliography The French Image of America. In retirement, he cowrote Wellfleet's first shellfish management plan and was a principal writer of its harbor management plan. He cowrote a sand-roads policy and was a driving force behind the founding of the Wellfleet Conservation Trust and the Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts. He was the town's delegate to the Coastal Zone Management advisory board. He held town posts including cemetery commissioner and historical commission chair. He also conducted an archaeological dig at the First Meeting House in Wellfleet. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, 100 Main St., Wellfleet 02667; three children, including Ana Echeverria Kammann '69; and seven grandchildren.

    Princeton University Alumni notes

    Itch died in Wellfleet, Mass., on May 21, 2001. Born in Short Hills, N.J., his early years in schools in Cuba and the US hinted at the multifaceted life he was to have. He prepped at South Kent, captained Princeton's lightweight crew (invited to the Henley Regatta), was Phi Beta Kappa, and taught at three prep schools before serving a three-year Navy hitch in the South Pacific during WWII.

    Postwar he returned to student life, earning both a master's and a PhD in French literature at Princeton. He then joined the faculty at Brown for 30 years, rising to chair both its French and comparative literature departments. In this period, he also wrote books, coached crew, served on Brown's medical board in the early years of its then-fledgling Medical School, and won two Fulbright fellowships and a Guggenheim grant.

    After "retirement" to Wellfleet, he turned from contemplating French writers to solving Wellfleet's myriad shellfish, sand-road, harbor management, and tombstone restoration problems. He proved deft at all of them.

    [Survivors include his third wife, of 34 years, Barbara; his second wife, Patricia Smith; their children, Peter, John, and Ana T. Kammann; and four grandsons (including Sean Kammann '98).]
    He was the author of several books, including

    Mirage in the West; a history of the French image of American society to 1815. Foreword by Gilbert Chinard. (1957, 1966)

    Maupeou revolution : a study in the history of libertarianism, France, 1770-1774 / Durand Echeverria. (1985)

    A History of Billingsgate Cape Cod. Wellfleet, MA: Wellfleet Historical Society (1991)

    French image of America : a chronological and subject bibliography of French books printed before 1816 relating to the British North American colonies and the United States / by Durand Echeverria and Everett C. Wilkie, Jr. (1994 )

    Father: Charles Manuel Echeverria b: 1 Nov 1861 in New York City, New York
    Mother: Marie Louise Durand b: 15 Mar 1876 in Newark, New Jersey

    Marriage 1 Marian b: 1917 in New Jersey
    • Married:
    • Note:
      1940 US census, Danbury Ct
      Durand Echeverria, 27, NJ, res 1935 Short Hills NJ, teacher at Wooster School
      Marian Echeverria, 23, NJ, res 1935 Summit NJ

    Marriage 2 Patricia Smith b: 1915
    • Divorced: Y
    • Married:
    1. Has No Children Living Echeverria

    Marriage 3 Living
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