Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Laurier LaPierre 1929-2012 RIP


The obituaries, like this one, barely mention that he was a historian. Not unexpectedly, they put the emphasis on his roles as broadcaster and Senator, and as a gay activist, one who came out in the 1980s when it was even less easy to do so.  Even his Wikipedia entry lacks a listing of his publications.

But he began with a slew of closely researched historical publications on ... Joseph-Israel Tarte. (Who?)  He earned a Ph,D. in history, taught history at McGill before being launched into broadcasting and celebrity, and continued in recent years to publish history, including a book on the battles of 1759 and a biography of Wilfrid Laurier.

His parliamentary website biography does list his published works.