Neither the stars above the French Consul General's home in Beverly Hills on Sept. 14 nor the candles that lighted the way to the patio shone more brightly than Odile Dewar's smile.
Dewar, who teaches French at Laguna Beach High School, was honored by Consul General David Martinon with the Insignia of the Palmes Academiques for her contributions to education.
She beamed the whole night long.
Most of the presentation was conducted in French, with asides in English for the benefit of Dewar's non-French-speaking friends who attended the ceremony.
"Odile has been at the residence before to observe the decorations of others, but today it is her turn and she really deserves it," Martinon said.
After pinning the insignia on Dewar's lapel, Martinon saluted her in the traditional manner, an air kiss on either side of her face.