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Death of Professor Cholvy

27 June 2017 CGI news Communiqués

Death of Professor Cholvy

It is with deep sadness that the International Council General learned of the death of Professor Gérard Cholvy at the age of 85.

Born in Casablanca in 1932, Professor Cholvy spent over twenty years in Morocco before settling down in the city of Montpellier, where he taught contemporary history at Université Paul-Valéry for over 40 years (1962-2002). A famous expert on the history of his region, Professor Cholvy was also recognised, among his peers, as a renowned specialist in French contemporary religious history.

As a Vincentian, he will always be remembered as the author of the landmark biography of Bl. Frédéric Ozanam, published in 2003 with the title, “Frédéric Ozanam, l’engagement d’un intellectuel catholique au XIXème siècle” [the engagement of a Catholic intellectual in the 19th century]. The book has just been translated into Spanish by the National Council of Spain in 2017. For the bicentenary of Bl. Frédéric’s birth (2013), a new edition of this much-read work appeared, in an abridged form for the general public.

In addition to his abilities as a researcher and teacher, Professor Cholvy was very proud to be a Catholic. He had a deep admiration for Bl. Frédéric and considered him a shining example of the committed intellectual who is engaging, discerning and critical thinker.

In Professor Gérard Cholvy, the Council General has lost a friend of the Society and someone passionate about Bl. Frédéric Ozanam.

We ask for the prayers of all Vincentians around the world for the repose of the soul of this great historian. We also send our sincerest sympathy to his family and friends for their loss.