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Walsh University and Community Mourn the Passing of Last Living Founding Brother Edmond Drouin, FIC

12/16/2013 - 10:49 AM PST

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NORTH CANTON, OH (December 16, 2013) -- Brother Edmond (Raymond) Drouin died Saturday, December 14, 2013 at the age of 92 in Lewiston, ME. Br. Drouin was one of the original seven Brothers of Christian Instruction who founded Walsh University, then Walsh College, in 1960.

As head of the LaMennais College Library in Alfred, ME, Br. Drouin directed the transfer of the library's collections to its new location on the Walsh College campus in Canton, OH. In recognition of his professional work the Walsh University Library was dedicated to him on Nov. 23, 2003. In 1971, he was released from library and teaching responsibilities to pursue his writing and research full time. He contributed articles for several religious and professional magazines and was invited to contribute six articles on Church history for the New Catholic Encyclopedia.

Br. Drouin also wrote a comprehensive biography of Fr. John Mary de La Mennais, founder of the Brothers in Christian Instruction. Fluent in French and in English Brother travelled throughout Europe and North America, verifying information and discovering new insights in his work. With the assistance of Br. Francis Blouin, the highly appreciated work was completed and printed in 2012 and entitled; The Courage of Hope, John de La Mennais, 1780-1860.

His religious formation began in 1935 during his high school years at Notre Dame in Alfred, ME. He spent his novitiate year (1938-39) in La Prairie, QC. He professed his lifelong commitment as a religious Brother on June 26, 1944. Though he began his professional teaching career in elementary schools first in Quebec Province, Canada and in Waterville, ME, and later as a high school science teacher in Plattsburgh, NY and Fall River, MA, most of his life was dedicated to professional research and writing, work he enjoyed and at which he excelled. A 1956 graduate of LaMennais College (Alfred, ME) he pursued advanced studies earning an MS in Library Science (1959) and a Ph.D. in Education from the Catholic University in Washington, DC (1980). His Master's dissertation was The School Question, A Bibliography on Church-State Relationships in American Education.

Born on November 28, 1921 in Biddleford, ME, Br. Edmond was predeceased by his father Hemenegilde (1984) and his mother Fedora (1992) and his brother Charles (2004). He is survived by his two sisters Therese Valliere of Lewiston, ME and Pauline Janson of Scarborough, ME and many nephews and nieces. He will be greatly missed by the members of his international religious family, the Brothers of Christian Instruction.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Lafrance-Lambert & Black Funeral Home in Sanford, ME. Reception of the body in Notre Dame Chapel will occur at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Wake will be held at 10:00 am, funeral at 11:00 am with burial in the Brothers' Cemetery in Alfred, Maine on Thursday, December 19, 2013. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to the Brothers' Retirement Fund c/o Br. Jerome Lessard, P.O. Box 159, Alfred, ME 04002.

Walsh University is an independent, coeducational Catholic liberal arts and sciences institution that promotes academic excellence and diversity and provides close faculty-student interaction. It is dedicated to teaching its more than 3,000 students from 15 states and 31 countries to become leaders in service to others through a values-based education with an international perspective in the Judeo-Christian tradition.


Walsh University  OH, 44720 US
Kelly A Campbell - Director of University Relations,  330.490.7296


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