Wallace E Lambert 1922-2009

OBITUARY WALLACE E. LAMBERT 1922 - 2009 It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Wallace (Wally) Earl Lambert on Sunday, August 23, 2009, as a result of complications due to pneumonia. Wally was born on December 31, 1922, in Amherst, Nova Scotia, and he and his family moved to Taunton, Massachusetts during the Great Depression. He completed his undergraduate studies at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and went on to complete MA and PhD degrees at Colgate University and at the University of North Carolina. His studies were interrupted for several years by military service during World War II, and this experience marked the rest of his life. After graduating from the University of North Carolina, Wally joined the Department of Psychology at McGill University in 1954, where he worked until his retirement in 1990, when he was awarded emeritus status. Wally was a world-renowned researcher in the field of social psychology and bilingualism. In addition to his ground-breaking work on cognitive and social aspects of bilingualism, he is perhaps best known for his pioneering work on early French immersion programs. Wally leaves behind his beloved wife Janine Fraissinet-Lambert, his daughter Sylvie, his son Philippe, and his grandchildren Viviane and Sidney. Wally's intellectual curiosity, his generosity of spirit, and his playfulness at all times will be greatly missed. The family will receive condolences on Thursday, August 27 from 2 to 9 p.m. at the Centre Funeraire Cote-des-Neiges, 4525, chemin de la Cote-des-Neiges, Montreal, Quebec, H3V 1E7 (514-342-8000) Funeral Service will be held on Friday, August 28 at 10 a.m. in the chapel of the funeral home thence to Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery where the burial will take place. Donations may be made to Five South, St. Mary's Hospital, 3830 Lacombe, Montreal, H3T 1M5, Care of Rosetta Antonacci..

Published in The Gazette on August 26, 2009 ( Montreal)

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