Barraque, Jean b. January 17, 1928 d. August 17, 1973 Composer. Although he left only six major works, he is considered one of the outstanding French composers of the post-World War II era. His music, written in a rhapsodic, serialist style, expressed his bleak view of the world and the problematic role of the artist within it. Barraque was born in Puteaux, France. From 1948 to 1951 he studied at the Paris Conservatory with Jean Langlais and Olivier Messiaen; the latter introduced him to the music of Debussy and Webern. He first came to...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Cimetiere de Trelevern, Trelevern, Departement des Côtes-d'Armor, Bretagne, France
Campbell, Kenneth b. April 21, 1917 d. April 6, 1941 World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Saltcoats, Scotland, he served as a Flying Officer in the 22nd Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. On April 6, 1941, Flying Officer Campbell was a pilot of a Beaufort aircraft which was detailed to attack the German battle cruiser Gneisenau at Brest Harbor, France. The battle cruiser was secured alongside the wall on the north shore of the harbor protected by a stone mole, batteries of guns and three heavily armed anti-aircraft ships...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Brest (Kerfautras) Cemetery, Saint-Martin-des-Champs, Departement du Finistère, Bretagne, France Plot: Plot 40, Row 1, Grave 10.
Ferrer, Saint. Vicente b. January 23, 1350 d. April 5, 1419 Roman Catholic Saint. St. Vincent Ferrer was a Dominican priest and missionary. He was a celebrated preacher who converted thousands of people to Christianity during his various tours across Europe. One of his many converts was a rabbi, who later became a Catholic bishop. St. Vincent was an advisor to both the King of Aragon and Pope Benedict XIII. He was often followed by large crowds of penitents, which often numbered in the thousands. Although greatly admired by many people, St. Vincent...[Read More] (Bio by: pacifica) Cathedrale Saint-Pierre de Vannes, Vannes, Departement du Morbihan, Bretagne, France
Gautreau, Virginie Amelie b. January 29, 1859 d. July 25, 1915 Artistic Folk Figure. A celebrated beauty of 19th Century Paris, she is remembered as the subject of John Singer Sargent's controversial "Portrait of Madame X". The child of a wealthy Creole family, she was raised initially in New Orleans but with her Confederate officer father having been killed at the April 1862 Battle of Shiloh, Virginie, sometimes referred to as "Amelie", moved to Paris with her mother at the age of eight. Soon she was much in demand by Parisian society and was known to...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Chateau des Chenes, Saint-Malo, Departement d'Ille-et-Vilaine, Bretagne, France Plot: Gautreau family crypt
Gelin, Daniel b. May 19, 1921 d. November 29, 2002 Actor. He was born in Angers, Pays de la Loire, France. He began his career on stage, but soon he entered in cinema and debuted in 1941. He appeared in over 150 films. Among others "Rendez-vous de Juillet" (1949), "Le Plaisir" (1952), "Napoleon" (1955), "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1956), "Le Testament d'Orphée" (1960), "Paris Brûle-t-il?" (1966) and "À l'Abris de Regards Indiscrets" (2002). He died in Paris of kidney failure. He was the father of the actress Maria Schneider. (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cimetière de Rocadey, Saint-Malo, Departement d'Ille-et-Vilaine, Bretagne, France
Gouyon, Cardinal. Paul b. October 24, 1910 d. September 26, 2000 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Bordeaux, Paul Joseph Marie Gouyon studied at the University and Seminary of the city. He also attended the Seminary of Saint-Sulpice in Paris, the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and the Catholic Institute of Paris. Ordained priest on March 13, 1937 after serving in the French Army during the Second World War, he performed pastoral work in Bordeaux, serving as pastor of Montussan and of Beychac from 1940 till 1944, chaplain of the Lycée Michel-...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Motherhouse of Little Sisters of the Poor, Saint-Pern, Departement d'Ille-et-Vilaine, Bretagne, France Plot: Cimetière de la Maison-Mère.
Hightower, Rosella b. January 10, 1920 d. November 4, 2008 Ballerina. One of the first American Indians to headline with a major company, she had a celebrated career as a prima ballerina prior to starting a noted ballet academy. Born to a Choctaw family, she received her initial dance training from Dorothy Perkins in Kansas City after her father's job took the family there. She won acclaim in the United States with the American Ballet Theater, traveled to France where she was accepted by the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo, followed the ensemble when it...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Belle Ile en Mer, Locmaria Cemetery, Locmaria, Departement du Morbihan, Bretagne, France
Jugan, Saint. Jeanne b. October 25, 1792 d. August 29, 1879 Roman Catholic Saint. Founder of the Little Sisters of the Poor. Beatified by Pope John Paul II on October 3, 1982 and canonized on October 11, 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI. Her day of feast is August 30. Born in Cancale, Brittany, France to Joseph and Marie Jugan. From the age of 16, Jeanne lived a life of service to others beginning with her duties as a kitchen maid in the home of the Viscountess de la Choue, whose charitable work with the sick and the poor influenced Jeanne. In 1837 Jeanne and...[Read More] (Bio by: Nan) Motherhouse of Little Sisters of the Poor, Saint-Pern, Departement d'Ille-et-Vilaine, Bretagne, France
Roques, Cardinal. Clément-Emile b. December 8, 1880 d. September 4, 1964 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Saint Pierre des Ports at the gates of Graulhet, Clément-Emile Roques entered seminary in Lavaur, later moving to that of Albi and ultimately at the Catholic Institute of Toulouse. Ordained priest in Rodez in April 1904, from that year until his episcopal nomination in 1929, he was involved in the seminary of Barral, serving among others the posts of administrator, prefect of studies and superior. Appointed bishop of the diocese of Montauban, he was promoted...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Rennes, Rennes, Departement d'Ille-et-Vilaine, Bretagne, France
Weygand, Maxime b. January 21, 1867 d. January 28, 1965 French Army General. A career army officer, he served from 1914 to 1923 as chief of staff to Marshal Foch. In 1920 Weygand directed the defense of Warsaw against the Soviet army and turned the tide of the Russo-Polish War in favor of Poland. He subsequently served France as high commissioner in Syria from 1923 to 1924, chief of the general staff, and commander in the Middle East from 1939 to 1940. In May of 1940, Weygand replaced General Gamelin as supreme Allied commander, but could not...[Read More] (Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye) Cimetiere St-Charles, Morlaix, Departement du Finistère, Bretagne, France