Linguist; University professor. Born– November 17, 1932, York, Pa. Parents–Joseph and Nevada Diehl DiOrio. Education– Bucknell University, B.A., 1954; Middlebury College, M.A., 1960; University of North Carolina, Ph.D., 1971. Taught at Neshaminy, Pa., High School, 1954-1958; La Chatelaine, St. Blaise, Switzerland, 1956-1957; the  American School of Paris, 1957-1962;  American School of Munich, 1962-1965; University of Maryland Overseas Division in Munich, 1965-1967; College of William and Mary, 1967-1968; West Virginia University, 1971-1972; Auburn University, 1972-1993. At Auburn, served as Castanoli Professor of French (1977); head of Foreign Language Department, 1972-78 (first woman to serve in that position). Member of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, ASUP, and the American Association of Teachers of French. Received the Auburn College of Liberal Arts Faculty Achievement in the Humanities Award, 1984.  Named a Chevalier de L’Ordre des Palmes Academiques, for contributions to the expansion of French culture throughout the world.  Awarded the status of professor emerita on her retirement, 1993.


Auburn University website.

Directory of American Scholars, 7th edition.


Leconte de Lisle: A Hundred Years of Criticism, 1850-1920. Oxford, Miss.; University of Mississippi Press, 1972.