Louis Armand Desrochers (1970–1974)
Louis Desrochers has made tremendous contributions to the province of Alberta, the University of Alberta, Campus Saint-Jean, and the francophone community in Edmonton. He was born in Montréal, Québec in 1928; his father passed away eighteen months later. He and his mother moved to Jasper, Alberta, after a few years. Desrochers attended the Collège des Jésuites and subsequently the Collège Saint-Jean. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa, and, while there, he met his wife Marcelle Boutin, with whom he had five children.
In 1949, Desrochers entered the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta which, three years and one law degree later, garnered him an articling position with the McQuaig law firm. That position led to his partnership with Jean De La Bruyère and Sandy Mactaggart, as lawyer and legal advisor for Maclab Construction.
Desrochers is well known for his decades of community service, volunteer activities, service on numerous boards, and work within the francophone community. For his contribution, Desrochers has received numerous honorary degrees and is a Member of the Order of Canada. Desrochers was instrumental in the affiliation of Collège Saint-Jean with the University of Alberta. In 1963, he was appointed to the University's Board of Governors, where he used his influence to strengthen ties between the University and the Collège. He was elected Chancellor in 1970, and when he left the position in 1974, the Collège was well on its way to becoming integrated with the University of Alberta as the Faculté Saint-Jean. Today, Saint-Jean is integrated within the University as a satellite campus. Louis Desrochers lives in Edmonton and continues to be an inspiration to his community.