For more than 30 years, Claude de Renty du Granrut ’48 served as deputy mayor of Senlis, a small town in the Picardy region of France.
During her tenure, she facilitated restoration of the town’s historical monuments, including a thirteenth-century portal at the cathedral.In 1986, she assumed the duties of a regional councilor of Picardy and oversaw urban and rural development through a new administrative organization of road and railway infrastructures, as well as economic and education regional planning. Du Granrut also created the Regional Nature Park of Picardie.
In 1994, du Granrut was appointed a member of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union. She was responsible for informing the people of Picardy of the implications of EU decisions. Before leaving this post at the end of 2009, she participated in the convention for a new treaty to reinforce the solidarity objectives of the EU’s members, give new competences to the committee to control the implementation of the subsidiarity principle, and replace the unanimous vote in the ministers’ council by a qualified majority voting system.
Du Granrut, a member of the French Resistance during the Second World War, holds a degree from the Institute of Political Sciences of Paris. She spent her junior year at Mount Holyoke College and received an honorary doctorate from the College in 2002. Since 2006, du Granrut—whose mother was imprisoned in the Ravensbrück concentration camp—has been president of the Society of the Children of Women Ravensbrück Internees.