Dr. Frances Malino, Sophia Moses Robison Professor of Jewish Studies and History at Wellesley College, has been named a Chevalier (knight) of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques. The award, presented in a ceremony held at Wellesley College on March 5, was given to Malino in recognition of her outstanding academic research and instruction in French history.
The Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Order of Academic Palms) is an Order of Chivalry of France for academics and cultural and educational figures. It was founded by the Emperor Napoléon as a reward for devotion and accomplishment in the realm of teaching, scholarship, and research. Later, it was extended to non-French citizens to acknowledge their promotion of French language or significant achievement in the field of education.
Dr. Malino is the daughter of the late Rabbi Jerome Malino. Rabbi Malino became spiritual leader of the United Jewish Congregation in Danbury in 1935, serving for 67 years.