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Roger Gaudry : biography

December 15, 1913 - October 7, 2001

Roger Gaudry, (December 15, 1913 – October 7, 2001) was a Quebecer chemist, businessman, corporate director, and former rector of the Université de Montréal.

Born in Quebec City, he received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1937 and a Doctor of Science in Chemistry in 1940 from Université Laval. A Rhodes scholar, he attended the University of Oxford from 1937 to 1939.

From 1940 to 1945, he was an Assistant Professor of Chemistry in the Faculty of Medicine at Université Laval. He was appointed an Associate Professor in 1945 and Professor in 1950.

In 1954, he became the Assistant Director of Research at Ayerst, McKenna & Harrison Ltd. (now Wyeth) in Montreal. From 1957 to 1965, he was the Director and Vice President from 1963 to 1965. From 1965 to 1975, he served as the rector of the Université de Montréal.

He was a member of the Board of Directors of the following companies: Connaught Laboratories Ltd., CDC Life Sciences Inc., Bank of Montreal, Alcan, Hoechst Canada, S.K.W. Canada Ltd., Bio-Recherche Ltée, Corby Distilleries Ltd, and St. Lawrence Starch Co. Ltd.

From 1983 to 1995, he was President of the Fondation Jules et Paul-Emile Léger, a Canadian charity which supports groups that help restore human dignity to those who have been rejected by society.

The main building of the University of Montreal was named after him.


  • In 1954, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
  • In 1968, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada.
  • In 1992, he was made a Grand Officer of the National Order of Quebec.
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