September 19, 1922 – Providence, RI, USA
June 8, 2013 – Calgary, AB, Canada
Dr. Richard McClain Chadbourne, Professor Emeritus of French, University of Calgary, died on June 8, 2013 at the age of 90 years.
Richard was born in Providence, Rhode Island, USA, the descendent of a pioneer family from England that settled in, what is now the State of Maine, in the 1630’s. A veteran of WWII, serving overseas in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, he received his B.A. from Brown University, his Ph.D. in French from Yale University, and taught at Fordham University in New York City and the University of Colorado in Boulder, before coming to the University of Calgary in 1971 as Professor of French and Head of what is now the Department of French, Italian, and Spanish. He and his wife were happy to become Canadian Citizens in 1978. He received several awards for excellence in teaching and research, including the Order of Academic Palms from the French Government and the Killam Fellowship. Thanks to his several books and numerous articles, he was widely recognized as an authority on French literature of the Nineteenth Century, the essay as a literary genre, and Quebec literature, as well as the Franco Manitoban author Gabrielle Roy. He held two lay ministries in the Roman Catholic Church, those of Lector of Scripture and Pastoral and Palliative Care Minister at the Foothills General Hospital for 15 years.
He is survived by his sons Lawrence, Eric and Eugene (Emmy); his granddaughters Jenny, Molly and Elisabeth; and his brother-in-law Gunter Golm. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Anna Gisela and his sister Ruth Parker.
Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. A Internment Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Catholic Organization of Development and Peace 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor
Montreal QC H3G 1T7. The family wishes to thank the Foothills Hospital, Clifton Manor, and especially Bow Crest Care Center for their help during the past two years.
In living memory of Richard Chadbourne, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.Print This Obituary & Condolences