It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Jacques Brazeau. He died on Saturday, October 19th, 2013, at the age of 90 years. He is survived by his life partner Christiane Jouanet, his daughter Francine and his sister Laura. After serving with the Air Force overseas during the War, he received a degree from McGill University, followed in 1961, by a doctorate in sociology from the University of Chicago. He devoted himself to the study of ethnic relations and minority languages. As the first holder of the CD Howe Fellowship, he studied the language issue in Belgium and reported to the Laurendeau- Dunton Commission. Having a special interest in language issues, he did research for the Gendron Commission. He was a professor of sociology at the University of Montreal. He was Chair of the Sociology Department, Director of the University's Survey Center and Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 1978, he was vice- president of the Academy I from 1980 to 1983. He later participated in the Awards and Distinctions Committee of the University of Montreal. He was also president of the Arts Council's jury on university affairs, member of the founding committee of the University of Quebec, member of the Research Commission of the Council of Quebec Universities, and President of the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies. In addition to his illustrious career, he was past president of the Pointe Claire Lawn Bowling club, where he made many friends who appreciated his quiet sense of humour and unassuming ways. He was a proud Canadian Veteran and above all he was a gentleman who will be missed. Former colleagues and friends are invited to a gathering in Jacques' Memory on Friday, November 8th, from 13:30 to 16:00 at Centennial Hall 288 boul. Beaconsfield Beaconsfield. In lieu of flowers, you are invited to make a donation to the Palliative Care Residence in the West Island or to the Canadian Cancer Society in his name.
Published in The Gazette on Nov. 2, 2013