Dussaut, Caroline

BORN 26 Jun 1833, Sèvres, Hauts-de-Seine - DIED 5 Jul 1887
CAUSE OF DEATH overdose of chloral
GRAVE LOCATION Avon, Seine-et-Marne: Cimetière (division 2, A)

Caroline Dussaut came from a modest family. Her father Désiré Dassaut was a wood and charcoal merchant. She probably worked as a teacher in Germany for several years. She met Marie Souvestre around 1859. They became a couple and they opened a boarding school for girls in Fontainebeau and moved it to nearby Avon. They often visited Paris and in 1868 Marie presented her to Jules Michelet.

During the Franco-Prussian War they lived in Florence with the Michelet family. After the war they continued their school and the charming Marie (known as Lina) had no problem in attracting students. But at the time Dorothy Strachey attended the school it was clear that the quarrels between Marie and Caroline divided the school. Caroline suffered from health problems and her relations with Marie detoriated.

They hired the architect Bouwens to enlarge the school in 1880. The school grew, but after they welcomed new teachers their partnership finally fell apart. In 1883 an act of separation of their property was signed and from then on Caroline headed the school alone. In 1887 she died, probably of an overdosis of the chloral that she used against her ailments.


The grave of Catharina Dussaut at the cemetery of Avon, Seine-et-Marne.
Picture by Androom (01 Nov 2019)


tombe de Catherine Dussaut

Duthuit, Georges

Published: 03 May 2020
Last update: 03 May 2020