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SLEEPER, Christine Frances Fernald

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  • Date of Birth: September 20, 1916
  • Born City: Nottingham
  • Born State/Country: NH
  • Parents: Frank Hare & Almena Frances Wadleigh Fernald
  • Date of Death: February 15, 2015
  • Death City: Lee
  • Death State/Country: NH
  • Married: Col. Raymond Starrett Sleeper, 1946.
  • Education:

    Robinson Female Seminary (Exeter, NH); U. of New Hampshire; Radcliffe.

  • Professional Experience:

    Air traffic controller, Logan Airport (Boston, MA), 1941-4; Red Cross volunteer in Europe, Latin, French, and Greek teacher, Pinkerton Academy (Derry, NH); Lexington High School (Lexington, MA); Surrattsville High School (Clinton, MD); Wright State U. (Dayton, OH); Northern Virginia Community College (Fairfax Co., VA); Herndon High School (Herndon, VA). 

  • Notes:

    Christine Sleeper was a thoroughgoing New Englander who made a reputation and an enormous number of devoted students and colleagues as a teacher in Northern Virginia. After graduation from Radcliffe, Christine Fernald trained as a pilot, winning her wings in 1941. Through most of World War II she was an air traffic controller in Boston, but in 1944 she volunteered for Red Cross work in Europe. After the war, she married Raymond, a career Air Force officer from Laconia, NH, with whom she had six children. Wherever the Air Force stationed them (they moved every 3-5 years), she managed to raise her children and teach at local schools in New England, the Midwest, and finally, the Washington, DC, area. She believed that it was essential for students to visit ancient sites and regularly took students (and her children) abroad for summer tours. Bursting with energy, knowledge, and eagerness to be certain that all of her students had not only positive but pleasurable learning experiences. She was a regular fixture at APA and CAMWS meetings, smiling and bright-eyed, happy to see one and all well into her 10th decade. The National Latin Exam established a Christine Fernald Sleeper Educational Travel Scholarship.

  • Sources:

    Washington Post (6 September 2015).

  • Author: Ward Briggs