Ada Belle Winthrop-King
Ada Belle "Pat" Winthrop-King was a
scholar, a bilingual foreign language teacher, a stock
market wizard and a woman devoted to her family and
Florida State University. She was committed to helping
students enrich themselves and meet their goals.
Born in 1900 in the small town of Lyons,
Georgia, Winthrop-King came to Tallahassee in 1928 to
teach Spanish and French at Florida State College for
Women. She taught at two different times until 1938.
After earning a master's degree at Vanderbilt University,
she went to Paris on a scholarship and studied at the
Sorbonne. She went back every year after that, falling
in love with the city during one of its most exciting
periods of art and literature.
Along with her love of FSU, her devotion to the romantic
city is the reason she established the Ada Belle Winthrop-King
Endowed Memorial Fund to be used in FSU's Department
of Modern Languages and Linguistics in the College of
Arts and Sciences. The endowment, administered by the Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, supports scholarships to enable students to engage in foreign travel and study and an extensive program of activities that brings to the FSU campus scholars, writers and other public figures from the French-speaking world.
In July 1991, Mrs. Winthrop-King received an honorary doctorate of
humane letters from FSU. In 1989, the French government honored her by bestowing
on her the rank of Chevalier des Arts et des