Photo of Father Ernest Lepage
Photo taken in front of the Middle School of Agriculture of
Rimouski, where he taught for many years.
Born 1 June 1905 in Rimouski, he is the son of Athanase Lepage and Marie Dubé.
He did his primary, classical and theological studies in Rimouski. He is ordained priest by Bishop Courchesne, November 3 1929 in Rimouski.
1930: he is named curate at St-Moïse.
1933: he does his agronomic studies at La Pocatière where he obtains his BScA in 1936.
He is then a teacher for many years at the middle school of Agriculture of Rimouski and is interested in the field of plants. Recognized as a famous botanist and naturalist, he travels throughout Quebec, Ontario and Alaska; he botanizes, he discovers new plants and sets up a herbarium of great value.
1943: he obtained a Master's degree in Science (MSc) from Laval University.
1943: he is awarded the Marie-Victorin medal.
1977: he obtained an honorary doctorate from the University of Quebec in Rimouski (UQAR).
1979: he is decorated with the Order of Merit of the Agronomists.
He died in Rimouski January 4 1981.