Armand Frappier: pioneer of preventive medicine

His family

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His wedding

On June 29, 1929, he married Thérèse Ostiguy, second eldest of 10 children born to Noël Ostiguy, a furrier from Salaberry-de-Valleyfield. The honeymoon took place on the Richelieu, a boat where Les Carabins provided musical entertainment.

Another family responsibility

A few months later, Armand Frappier’s father died suddenly at the age of 58. He left behind 4 young children. At age 25, newly married and still a student, Armand took on the responsibility of supporting the family.

His children

In May 1930, one month before he obtained his medical degree from the Université de Montréal, his daughter Lise was born. Armand Frappier had to deliver his daughter himself because the doctor arrived too late. Her birth was later followed by the births of three other children, Monique, Michèle, and Paul.

Lise would go on to pursue medical studies at the Université de Montréal and a Master’s degree in public health at Harvard University in the United States. She became an epidemiologist and professor at McGill University and at the École d’hygiène de l’Université de Montréal, and worked for more than 30 years at the Institut Armand-Frappier. Lise Frappier married Dr. André Davignon, a professor at the Université de Montréal and a renowned cardiologist at Hôpital Sainte-Justine. Mrs. Frappier-Davignon died in May 1999.

Monique studied in the Faculty of Social Science of the Université de Montréal and earned her Master’s degree in economics. She married Gilles Desrochers and together they adopted two children. She completed her first year of doctoral studies in economics at Cambridge, England, followed by two years at McGill. She held, among others, the position of economic research director in one of the Quebec government ministries.

Michèle obtained her Bachelor of Science in dietetics and nutrition from the Université de Montréal. She worked in a more specialized manner in the field of dairy products in Quebec and then in fisheries in Ottawa. Working for the federal government, she contributed to the commercialization of Canadian fishery products in Canada, the United States, Europe, and in Asia before taking on contracts with the largest governmental and industrial organizations. She married Jacques Daignault, an international financier, and they had two children together.

After college, Paul pursued his studies as a chartered evaluator and became a businessman in building valuation. Paul Frappier and his wife, Diane Berthelet, also a business person, had two children.