It was with much sadness that we said goodbye to your beloved professor and our dear colleague Gérard Gouvernet, who passed away July 18, 2008. “Dr. G” was a superb professor, a terrific colleague and a most noble and kind human being.
Dr. Gouvernet received a Licence ès-Lettres in Spanish and in Portuguese from Université de Montpellier, France. He completed M.A. (1970) and Ph.D. (1978) degrees in French Literature at Harvard University.
“Gouvie,” as he was fondly referred to by his students, joined our faculty as Assistant Professor of French in 1982. In 1991 he was Acting Chair of the department, and served as department Chair from 1992 to 2001. In 2002 he was promoted to Full Professor.
Among his numerous contributions to our college were the establishment of the Montpellier, France, study abroad program and advising Phi Sigma Iota, the International Foreign Language Honor Society.
During his tenure at Geneseo Dr. Gouvernet received numerous awards, including the President´s Award for Excellence in Academic Advisement (2001). This award was most befitting, for his mentorship of students was legendary.