It is with great sorrow that we learned of the passing of Réjean Robidoux on Sunday, July 9, 2017.
Professor Emeritus Réjean Robidoux was a renowned researcher who taught French literature (lettres françaises) for over 30 years. He was an expert in 20th century French literature and was one of the first scholars to study Quebecois literature.
Réjean Robidoux studied in Rome (Angelicum University, LPh, 1947-1950, LTh, 1950-1954) before earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Ottawa in 1955, a master’s degree from Laval University in 1957 and a doctorate from the Sorbonne in Paris in 1962. In 1964, he was awarded the celebrated Governor General’s Award for French-language non-fiction for his essay entitled Roger Martin du Gard et la religion. A member of the Royal Society of Canada since 1980, and a recipient of a prestigious Killam Research Fellowship, he was a notable figure in the development of Francophone literary studies in Canada. He is remembered by his many colleagues and several students whose university careers he influenced through his great scholarship and kindness.