“We should not cry for those who are no more, but be happy with what he was. †
– Margriet Yourcenar
In Quebec, at the end of a happy and full life, at Domaine St-Dominique, on April 15, 2022, at the age of 94, Fernand J. Hould, retired pediatrician, died. He happily leaves his beloved wife of the past 68 years, Jacqueline Beauchemin.
He also leaves behind his two children, his daughter Natalie (Paul Lalonde) and their children, Marc-Antoine, Isabelle and Sophie, as well as his son Frédéric-Simon (Mary Delafield) and their children Dominic, Émilie and Jean-Daniel.
Fernand J. Hould, son of the late Cécile Gélinas and the late Rolland Hould, joined all his siblings of the Hould family beyond the grave; his older sister Carmen (late Léo-Paul Grenier), Thérèse (Gunther Newman), his brother Claude (Gabrielle Paré) and Pierre (late Olive Ross); his late sister-in-law Danielle Beauchemin. He is survived by many cousins, as well as friendly friends and colleagues with whom he shared the joys of life and work.
Fernand J. Hould, originally from Mauricie, followed his classical studies at the Séminaire de Trois-Rivières. During the graduation ceremony, he chooses medicine over the priesthood at the last minute, much to the chagrin of his mother Cécile. He completed his medical studies in 1954 at Laval University and began his specialization in pediatrics at Enfant-Jésus Hospital. A McLaughlin scholarship will allow him to complete his education in pediatrics at the Children’s Receiving Hospital in Detroit during the polio crisis, then at the Hôpital des Enfants-Malades in Paris and at Bellevue Hospital in New York.
A member of the first batch of pediatric graduates in Canada in 1960, his career began as a pediatrician at Enfant-Jésus Hospital. In 1968, he was one of three pediatricians to inaugurate the CHUL’s Department of Pediatrics on Laurier Boulevard in Quebec. He became professor of pediatrics and secretary, then vice dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Laval University. He becomes president of the Cardinal-Villeneuve Foundation and inaugurates the swimming pool of the St-Louis pavilion. He would later become deputy deputy minister at the Ministry of Health and Social Services and then one of the directors of the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec.
In addition to his accomplishments as a caregiver, teacher, and administrator, Fernand remained passionate about literature, so much so that he became president of the Canadian Institute of Quebec from 1984 to 1989, the period of the Gabrielle-Roy Library’s founding and inauguration.
Finally he started to devote himself to his studies again and in 2007 he completed the master’s degree in History; he remains one of the oldest graduates of the Université Laval.
It is with serenity that Fernand leaves this world. For those who knew him, some of whose lives he saved, he leaves the memory of a good, generous and devoted man, husband and father.
To show your friendship and gratitude, make a generous donation to the Élan Foundation (Foundation of the Institute of Rehabilitation in Physical Impairment of Quebec – IRDPQ), a donation that will help promote children’s happiness! www.jedonneenligne.org/fondationelan/DIM/ – Phone: 418 529-9141, extension 4366.
The family would like to thank Mrs. Josiane St-Pierre, nurse at Domaine St-Dominique, and her dedicated team for the good care they have received over the past year and a half, as well as her doctors Jean-Michel Paradis, cardiologist at the IUCPQ, and Jean- Sebastien Guay of UMF Laval.
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