French author and W&L alum meets local student in France

Sarah Chase of Lexington met recently with Philippe Labro, author, filmmaker and alumnus of Washington and Lee University, in Besançon, France.

Labro’s bestseller, The Foreign Student, is a fond reminiscence of the two years that he spent at Washington and Lee in the 1950s.

Chase, daughter of Jane and David Chase of Lexington, and granddaughter of Betty and Dr. William Harman of Staunton, is now “the foreign student” at the Lycée Pasteur in Besançon.

Labro and Chase’s French host father, Gérard Dufrêche, participated in a charity auction in Besançon on Sunday.

Dufrêche’s son, Eric, met Sarah in Virginia last summer during his homestay exchange with the Tyndall-Larner family in Charlottesville and the Gillock family in Staunton.

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Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25.

The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018, and how coach Tony Bennett and his team used that loss as the source of strength, through to the ACC regular-season championship, the run to the Final Four, and the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.
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