Odette Roy Fombrun

Odette Roy Fombrun (born 13 June 1917, Port-au-Prince) is a Haitian writer and intellectual.

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, she graduated in 1935 from the teachers training college, Ecole Normale d'Institutrices, and in 1945 went to the United States to pursue nursing studies for a year in Boston, Massachusetts.[1] She then opened Haiti's first kindergarten and first professional flower shop.

She was awarded a Docteur Honoris Causa in december 2002 from the Université Royale d’Haïti in Port-au-Prince (Haïti)[2]

A prolific writer of fiction and non-fiction, she has published textbooks, mystery novels, newspaper and magazine articles. Beginning in 1959, Fobrum went into exile for 27 years. Upon her return to Haiti, she was associated with the drafting of the country's new constitution, the organization Ligue Feminine d'Action Sociale (Feminine League for Social Action), and the founding in 2007 of the Fondation Odette Roy Fombrun.[3][4] She turned 100 in June 2017.[5]

Her historical works include L'Ayiti des Indiens (Port-au-Prince: Deschamps, 1992) and Le Drapeau et les Armes de la République (Port-au-Prince: Deschamps, 1989).[6]


  1. ^ "Perspectives: Odette Roy Fombrun", challengesnews.com, 1 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Les publications, prix et distinctions d'Odette Roy Fombrun".
  3. ^ Hall 2012, p. 213.
  4. ^ Fondation Odette Roy Fombrun, forfhaiti.org; accessed 29 July 2017.
  5. ^ Staff (13 June 2017). "L'éducatrice Odette Roy Fombrun compte désormais un siècle" (in French). Loop Haiti. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  6. ^ Odette Roy Fombrun, "Rename the Island: Quisqueya, not Hispaniola", originally "Renommons l'île: Quisqueya, non pas Hispaniola" (December 2000).


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