Friday, November 2, 2012

Death of Prof. Leo P. Chiasson (Biology)

The university community is saddened to learn of the death of Professor Leo P. Chiasson of the Department of Biology on October 30.

Dr. Chiasson attended StFX where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1938 and a Bachelor of Science degree in 1940. He studied at the University of Toronto where he completed a doctoral degree in Biology in 1944. Later that year he began a long and distinguished career as professor of Biology and head of the Biology department at St FX.

“Leo P.” served on numerous University committees and the Board of Governors and played a lead role in the planning and construction of the J. Bruce Brown Hall. In 1987 Dr. Chiasson received an honorary degree from StFX.

“Leo P.” had five children, two of whom graduated from StFX. A granddaughter is currently a student at StFX.

“Leo P.” was very active in the community on school boards, the St. Ninian’s Parish, the Knights of Columbus, St Martha’s Hospital Board and the Nova Scotia and Canadian Hospital Associations.

The funeral Mass will be held Monday, November 5th at 10:30 am in St. Ninian Cathedral.  Burial will be in St. Ninian’s Cemetery. A reception will follow at McKenna Centre.

Memorial donations in his name may be made to the Leo P. Chiasson Endowment Fund at StFX. Our sincerest condolences to the Chiasson family during this difficult time.

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