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SA Community Mourns the Loss of Long-Time Faculty Member Dr. Pierre Vignau
Posted 08/20/2012 03:11PM

Dr. Pierre Vignau in the early years

Dr. Pierre Vignau, a long-serving member of the Saint Andrew’s School faculty and father of Teresa Vignau ’69 (Master Teacher in Upper School Performing Arts), passed away this last week.

Dr. Vignau began his career as a language arts instructor at Saint Andrew’s School in September of 1963, teaching French, as well as Spanish and Latin. A dynamic teacher in the classroom, he was awarded Master Teacher status in 1988 and was also the first recipient of the “Founders Day” award in 2000. Dr. Vignau was known among his family, friends, and colleagues for his zest for life, his enthusiasm for fellowship with other people, his love of teaching, his curiosity and international flair, his vast intellect, and for his many wide-ranging interests.

“Pierre was one of the first people Judy and I met when we arrived on campus in August 1971,” said Visual Arts Master Teacher Phil Crangi. “I always enjoyed speaking with Pierre about all sorts of things. He was a walking encyclopedia. While he could be outspoken he was also judicious when it came to issues dealing with our school community. He was also fair, competent, honorable, and ethical as the Chairperson of the Modern Languages Department and equally a fair, generous, but demanding dorm parent. We will miss him dearly.”

View Dr. Pierre Vignau’s Official Obituary

In celebration of his life, his family held a private service for 20 family and close friends this past Saturday, August 18, at the Lorne & Sons Funeral Home in Delray Beach, Florida.

Saint Andrew’s School will be holding a special memorial service to honor Dr. Pierre Vignau on Friday, August 31 at 4:00 pm at the Chapel of Saint Andrew the Apostle. All members of the greater Saint Andrew’s School community are invited to attend.

Dr. Vignau explains in a video from 2011 how he learned about Saint Andrew's

Dr. Pierre Vignau and his daughter, Teresa Vignau '69, talk about their experience at Saint Andrew's


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