Welcome to Dartigue.com, website for the writings by and about Maurice Dartigue and Esther Dartigue, who were both educators and led very interesting lives. They lived in the United States, Haiti, Cuba (very briefly), Paris, parts of Africa, and Hungary (in the case of Esther) and also traveled a great deal for pleasure and for professional reasons. During his long career, Maurice authored or co-authored more than fifty monographs, articles, and reports on education in Haiti and in Africa. Esther wrote seven articles on bilingualism and international nursery schools and, after Maurice’s death, produced two books on his career and, posthumously, one on her own life.
Maurice Dartigue was born in 1903 in the town of Les Cayes in southwestern Haiti, the son of Régina (Duperval) and Jean Baptiste Dartigue, a prominent attorney, a one-time Governor of the South, and Minister of Agriculture and Public Works, which is what brought the family to Port-au-Prince.
Esther Reithoffer Dartigue was born in the town of Vizakna, in the Transylvanian Alps of Hungary, and came to the U.S. at age five. The family settled in Cleveland, Ohio, where it soon fell into poverty. She left home at the age of 11 to pursue her secondary-school education and beyond, supporting herself as a domestic.