Marie-Denise Boros-Azzi, retired professor in the Department of French, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and one of the university’s first female professors, passed away on January 8, 2016. Services were planned for January 19 in Sun City, Arizona.
After earning her doctorate at UCLA, she was hired as an assistant professor of French in the Department of Romance Languages at Rutgers College in 1964. She retired as a full professor in the Department of French in 2002, after which she moved to Arizona to be closer to her family.
A specialist of 20th century French literature, she published two books, Un séquestré: l’homme sartrien (1968) and La problématique de l’écriture dans les Faux monnayeurs (1990), and several articles in peer-reviewed journals. She directed doctoral dissertations on Nathalie Sarraute, J.M. G. Le Clézio, André Breton, Jean-Paul Sartre, Henri de Montherlant, and Pierre-Jean Jouve, and several honors theses. She also taught a wide range of undergraduate courses, from elementary language to upper-level literature courses.