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Convocation date: May 25, 1967
Discipline / contribution: classics
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the University Council and Senate, I present to you, Maurice Lebel, D.Ped, D.Litt, D.C.L., F.R.S.C., Head of the Department of Classical Studies at Laval University, and Associate Director of the School of Graduate Studies.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Dr. Lebel has combined, in a manner that pays tribute to his vitality as well as to his talent, the careers of scholar, teacher and administrator.
His undergraduate and graduate studies were pursued in Canada, France, England and Greece. In 1937 Dr. Lebel became Professor of Greek Literature at Laval: he was Secretary of the Faculty of Arts from 1938 to 1952, and served a six year term as Dean of Arts from 1957 to 1963.
His published work covers a very wide range of subjects from the Poetry of Sophocles to the problems of teaching Greek Literature in the 20th Century. More than a dozen books and numerous articles have established for Dr. Lebel a sound scholarly reputation, and have earned him many honours from many countries. As example only I mention the award of the Pierre Chauveau Medal of the Royal Society of Canada in 1962, and the very recent award of the Richelieu Medal, presented by the French Academy in recognition of Dr. Lebel’s “Essays on Education and Humanism.” Four Universities have conferred on Dr. Lebel honorary Doctorates.
Dr. Lebel is a member of numerous learned societies. He has been President of the Canadian Society for Classical Studies. President of the Classical Association of Canada, and twice President of the humanities Research Council.
In 1947 Dr. Lebel was named Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada; in 1958 he was elected President of the humanities and Social Sciences section of that Society and in 1963 became President of the Royal Society of Canada.
Eminent Chancellor, I present to you Maurice Lebel and ask that you confer on him the degree of Doctor of Laws. honoris causa.
Degree presented by: R.N.H. Haslam, Dean of Arts and Science
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