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A Farewell to Former Glendon Principal Philippe Garigue (1917-2008)


Glendon bids farewell to former Principal Philippe Garigue, who died during the night of March 25-26, 2008. His funeral took place on March 31st at Saint-Bonaventure Church in Toronto.

For many of his colleagues, Philippe Garigue was a mentor and a veritable spiritual father.

Born into an Anglo-French family in Manchester (England), Philippe Garigue (right) completed his elementary and secondary education in Paris (France). Subsequently, he attended the London School of Economics, and later received his doctorate in anthropology from the University of London. He enlisted in the British Armed Forces in 1939 and took part in the African and European campaigns as liaison between the Allied troops and Italian patriots. In fact, the town of Assisi was liberated under his command.

Philippe Garigue came to Canada in 1954 on the invitation of McGill University, to develop research on French Canada. In 1957, he was designated dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Université de Montréal, a post he continued to hold for a period of fifteen years. During the same period, the Government of Quebec named him president of the Advisory Committee for the Ministry of Social and Family Concerns; he was chosen as president of the U.N.’s International Union of Family Organizations, as well as advisor to the federal Department of Health and Welfare. He was also one of the founder-directors of the Vanier Family Institute.

From 1980 to 1987, Philippe Garigue was Principal of Glendon, the bilingual liberal arts faculty of York University, where his contributions included the creation of the International Studies Program, among the first in Canada.

His numerous publications include several essays, among them La Vie familiale des Canadiens français, Analyse du comportement familial (which won the Quebec Literary Prize), Famille, Sciences et Politiques, and Questions de stratégie et de métastratégie. He also published four poetry collections: Le Temps vivant, L’Humaine Demeure, De la condition humaine, and Le Temps de l’intelligence (which garnered the Prize of the French Consulate in Toronto).

Philippe Garigue was a Member of the Royal Society of Canada; Grand Officer of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, Rhodes and Malta; Officer of the Order of Canada; holder of the Grand Cross of Spain’s Order of Cisneros; Officer of the Legion of Honour; and the recipient of numerous other military and civilian decorations.

A commemorative event in honour of Philippe Garigue will take place on Tuesday April 8, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the Senior Common Room, 3rd floor of York Hall, Glendon. The Glendon community is invited to join the family at this event.

York University has created a special fund in memory of Philippe Garigue. Donations may be contributed by cheque, made out to the York University Foundation / Glendon College, for the Philippe Garigue Memorial Fund.

Contributions can be forwarded to:
Glendon Advancement Office
Suite 218, Glendon Hall
2275 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M4N 3M6
Tel : 416-487-6824

Please use the attached form here to ensure the funds are properly directed

Published on April 3, 2008