Marguerite Teillard-Chambon was Teilhard’s first cousin and his playmate as a child. She remained a close confidante throughout his life.
Lucile Swan was an American sculptress Teilhard met in Peking. She became his constant sounding board and soul mate.
Bust of Teilhard sculpted by Lucile Swan.
Lucile was chosen to sculpt the head of Peking Man under the guidance of the geological team that discovered the skull. When the skull was determined to be female, the sculpted head was nicknamed Nellie.
Teilhard joined Lucile Swan for tea and conversation at the end of each workday for several years.
This Teilhard family chateau, Les Moulins, was the place he retreated to in the summers of 1947, 1948, and 1950 to write, pray, and relax.
Les Moulins as it looked a century ago.
Teilhard wrote at this table in his room at Les Moulins, overlooking the mountains he loved so much. Here he wrote is autobiography and apologia, The Heart of Matter.
The view in 1948 from Teilhard’s writing desk at Les Moulins.
The view today from the window of Teilhard’s room at Les Moulins.
Bust of Jeanne Mortier, Teilhard’s secretary for many years. He bequeathed all his writings to her before leaving for the United States. After his death she acted quickly to get them published. The bust rests in the Teilhard room of the Paris Museum of Natural History.
Teilhard’s gravestone. He was buried in the Jesuit Novitiate at St. Andrew-on-Hudson near Poughkeepsie, NY. The property today belongs to the Culinary Institute of America, which preserves the Jesuit cemetery for the many pilgrims who visit.
Sculpture of Teilhard de Chardin by his grand-niece, Marie Bayon de la Tour.