Hubert Guindon, 1929-2002
His friends and colleagues were saddened to learn of the death on Oct.
18 of Hubert Guindon, at the age of 73, after a battle with cancer.
He taught at Concordia for more than 40 years, and was one of the founders
of Concordia Universitys Department of Sociology and Anthropology.
He was the president of the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association
(1970-71), a member of the executive committee of the International Sociology
Association (1970-74) and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Born in Bourget, Ont., Guindon studied philosophy at the University of
Ottawa and sociology at the University of Chicago. He taught at the Université
de Montréal from 1954 to 1962, then came to Sir George Williams
University. He was named a full professor in 1968, and retired from Concordia
He wrote Quebec Society: Tradition, Modernity and Nationhood (1988), which
made the list of best university books in America. He published many articles,
and collaborated on several works, including La société
canadienne-française (1971) and Modernisation and the Canadian
State (1978). He was also a admirer of the 20th-century philosopher Hannah
Arendt, and his biography of her will be published soon.
The Hon. Roch Bolduc, a friend since 1952, addressed his fellow Senators
on Oct. 22 about Dr. Guindons death. One of the first to notice
the social and political transformation of Quebec we know as the Quiet
Revolution, Hubert Guindon was skeptical about the future impact
of these new adventures, as he always took with a grain of salt the moralizing
statements made by the leaders of various social movements and groups
with corporatist tendencies. He had harsh views on such institutions as
the Church, the universities, Parliament and political parties, professions
Hubert was also a man of great charity who provided supportive care
to dying AIDS patients until the end. He lived in the inner city of St.
Henri, and all loved him. He was a modern-day St. Francis of Assisi from
whom a battered Church, with which he had made peace, sought advice from
time to time.
Retired professor John Jackson said in an e-mail, Hubert gave a
great deal of himself to students and to new faculty members in the department.
To liberals he was a conservative; to conservatives he was a liberal;
to federalists he was a sovereigntist; and to sovereigntists he was a
federalist. Though not a populist, Hubert identified with the people,
with the disadvantaged and the downtrodden. He was the ideal marginal
He was also a music-lover, who played the piano and the harpsichord.
Retired professor David McDougall died at the age of 82 on Oct. 15. He
was a founding member of the Geology Department at Loyola College and
After earning his PhD in geology from McGill University, Dr. McDougall
worked for several years as a mining consultant. He began teaching geology
in Loyola Colleges engineering department in 1955 and served as
chairman of the department from 1959 to 1962. In 1967, almost entirely
as a result of his efforts, the department of Geotechnical Science broke
away from engineering to join the Faculty of Science. He retired from
Concordia in 1990.
Dr. McDougall was involved in university administration, including serving
as Associate Vice-Rector, Academic, prior to the 1974 merger. However,
he will be best remembered as an easygoing and dedicated scientist to
his colleagues, and as a mentor to his many students, said Dr. John Jenkins.
Former student Dr. John Percival, a research geologist at the Geological
Survey of Canada, recalls the unique atmosphere of McDougalls Geology
of Canada lectures.
David would often recollect his own experiences in widespread parts
of Canada, weaving in elements of history, frontier culture and wilderness
life, he said.
McDougalls main research interest was thermaluminescence and its
applications to geology. In his later years, he became interested in Quebecs
iron industry, whaling, fishing and his familys genealogy.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Doris Ascah, and his second wife,
Dagmar Jack Brodie, who was an employee of Concordia. Our sympathies are
extended to his family, including his stepson Christopher Brodie, also
an employee. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and
Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.