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Clément  Cormier
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Father Clément Cormier, CC (15 January 1910 – 28 July 1987) was a priest, academic, and the vice-chancellor and founder of the Université de Moncton.

Born in Moncton, N.B., to Clément Cormier and Léontine Breau, Cormier studied at l’École Saint-Bernard. He received a Bachelor of Arts in the Classics from Université Saint-Joseph in 1931, and then entered the Séminaire des Pères de Sainte-Croix in Montréal; he was ordained as a priest in 1936. Cormier earned a master’s degree in theology from the Université de Montréal, followed by a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Université Laval in 1940. He was rector of Collège Saint-Joseph from 1948 until 1963, when he founded the Université de Moncton and became rector. He was the first director of the Centre d’études acadiennes (1968 – 1974), and from 1973 – 1978 he was Chancellor of the Université de Moncton. His retirement in 1974 marked the winding down of a career as one of the best known educators and Acadian leaders of the era, and his writings are a valuable resource of Acadian history.

Widely recognized for his promotion of Acadian culture and language, Cormier was the recipient of multiple honours from various organizations, including nine honorary doctorates bestowed by universities across Canada. In 1967, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, and promoted to Companion in 1972. After a long illness, Father Clément Cormier died on 29 July 1987 in Moncton, N.B.

Literary Prizes

Companion of the Order of Canada - 1972
Officer of the Order of Canada - 1967
Nine honorary doctorate degrees bestowed by Canadian universities

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  • Gallant, Melvin and Ginette Gould. Portraits d’écrivains: dictionnaire des écrivains acadiens. Moncton: Éditions Perce-Neige/Éditions d’Acadie, 1982.