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Marie Louise Lavallard Materials

Identifier: MC 1644

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes correspondence and personal papers; records concerning the John and Louise Lavallard Scholarship; material pertaining to Lavallard’s numerous domestic and overseas travels; newspaper clippings, including articles written by and about Marie Lavallard, and other printed material; photographs and slides; scrapbooks; award plaques; and one VHS video cassette.


  • Creation: 1918-2006


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

Marie Louise Lavallard was born on July 13, 1912 in Brooklyn, New York, to Egmont W. and Louise C. Koch Froehlich. She was a pioneer among women in science having earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degrees in Plant Physiology from Cornell University in 1932 and 1933 respectively. She was also a staunch and selfless community volunteer, mentor, generous benefactor, and ardent world traveler.

Lavallard married John Albert Lavallard in 1936. The couple did not have children. She began her academic career at the University of Vermont in 1936. In 1946, Lavallard came to the University of Arkansas’s College of Agriculture where she had a thirty-six-year professional career that included, among others, Chairmanship of the Department of Agricultural Communications and founding of the Arkansas Farm Research Journal. She was also Adjunct Professor at the Pan-American Agriculture College in Honduras. Lavallard retired in 1981.

Lavallard was an active member of Gamma Sigma Delta, a national agriculture honor society. She was chapter president 1972-1973 and Chapter Historian 1980-1994. In 1950, Lavallard joined the Foundation for the International Exchange of Students (FIES) at the University of Arkansas and served as recording secretary from 1959-2000, vice-president in 1967 and 1997, and president in 2000. She also wrote an annual FIES newsletter from 1956 to 2006. For her work with FIES, Lavallard received the Millennium International Volunteer Award given by the Department of State. In 1995, the Marie and John Lavallard International Scholarship was established to honor the couple for their lifelong commitment to FIES. The Scholarship was fully endowed by the University of Arkansas in 2005. Lavallard received several other awards for her outstanding volunteer activities such as the Fayetteville Public Schools Outstanding Volunteer of the Year award, the J. C. Penny Community Service Award, and the Keeper of the Flame Award. In 1992, she was named a Foremost Benefactor by the Cornell University.

Marie Lavallard died on April 3, 2006, in Fayetteville, Arkansas.


6 Linear Feet (6 boxes)


Correspondence, personal papers, scholarship materials, clippings, articles, photographs, and audtiovisual materials concerning the academic career of Marie Louise Lavallard.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by topic.

Acquisition Information

The Marie Louise Lavallard Materials were donated to the Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, on May 15, 2006, by the Estate of Marie Lavallard.

Related Collections

Foundation for International Exchange of Students Records (MC 1881)

Processing Information

Processed by Vera Ekechukwu; completed in December 2011.

Marie Louise Lavallard Materials
Vera Ekechukwu
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
(479) 575-8444