Chapter 11

Famous Duhaimes/Duhems/Duhemmes and Lemaître(s)

  • Nominations welcomed/cherished! Refer to Contact Information below or send to LDuhaime [at] gmail [dot] com.

Duhaime, Herman Charles, Corporal, 32nd Reg., 7th Infantry Div., US Army. Killed in action while fighting the enemy on December 2, 1950 at Chosin Reservoir, North Korea (Korean War). Native of New London, Connecticut.

Duhaime, Jacques - owner of Verger Duhaime, Saint-Germain-de-Grantham, Québec (

Duhaime, Jean Louis, Sergeant, Royal Canadian Army Peacekeeper. Killed at the age of 36 in Korea on July 13, 1955. Buried in the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Yokohama, Japan.

Vimy Ridge MemorialDuhaime, Jeffrey, Chippewa or Ojibwa Indian from Minnesota, US Army wounded in the Second World War

Duhaime, Louis Stephen, Hospital Corpman Third Class, United States Navy, Korean War (1950-1953). Born November 22, 1929. According to the Korean War Project:

"Killed in Action by multiple head wounds while tending his wounded comrades at Seoul, South Korea on September 22, 1950."

Duhaime, Lloyd (Victoria) - vain lawyer and creator of, the world's most popular private legal information website.

Duhaime, Marie-Annick (Montreal) - our very own singer! See Marie-Annick's webpage on Myspace (

Duhaime, Mike (USA) - campaign director for the 2008 presidential bid of Republican candidate and former mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani.

Duhaime, Nelson. Member of the Alberta Regiment, Canadian Infantry, from Huntington, Quebec, killed in action on May 3, 1917 at the age of 21 at Vimy Ridge, France.

Duhaime, Pierre - appointed May 6, 2009 President and CEO of the Canadian engineering and construction giant SNC Lavalin.

Les freres DuhaimeDuhaime, Rodesse - (Canada, 1919-1991): Canadian soldier in World War II. On November 5, 1944, he was fighting at the Moreno River, Italy with the 12th Platoon, B Company. He was ordered into a hornet's nest of Nazis; asked to overrun a German-defended church at San Lorenzo, Italy. He led his men through fierce hand-to-hand and small arms combat.

Cpl. Duhaime (service #B19676; later promoted to Sgt.), used his Thompson machine gun to register at least four enemy kills.

He was awarded the Military Medal of Bravery. The war hero later lived in Espanola, Ontario and passed away on March 1, 1991 at the age of 71.

Duhaime, Yves (Shawinigan)- Lawyer and former separatist politician (Parti Quebecois). Member of the National Assembly of Quebec from 1976 to 1985. Minister of Energy (1981-1984) and Minister of Finance (1984-1985).

Duhesme, Philibert-Guillaume (also spelled Duhem; 1766-1815). Born in the Saône-et-Loire region of France, he was a general with the French forces of Napoleon at Mont St. Jean during the Battle of Waterloo where he was killed in action on June 18, 1815 by Brunswick's hussars (light infantry). A street in Paris has been named after him.

Duhem, Pierre (1861-1916). Internationally recognized scientist. Born in Paris, he challenged Newton's laws and gave his name to the Quine-Duhem Theory which postulates that a finite number of observations might nonetheless lend itself to an infinite number of explanations. Duhem was an early proponent that physics was a separate branch of science.

Duhem, Pierre-Joseph (1758-1807). Doctor from Lille, France, was an enthusiastic supporter of the French Revolution and the end of the French monarchy. He somehow managed to not get himself guillotined even though he staunchly opposed Maximillien Robespierre. Very few Frenchmen or women of the time can make that claim. There's a reason many called it the Bloody Revolution.

But Pierre-Joseph Duhem fled France to escape a warrant for his arrest and lived the rest of his days in Mainz, Germany where he died of natural causes at the age of 49.

Georges Lemaitre & Albert Einstein 1935Duheme, Jacqueline - children book illustrator including titles Mrs. Kennedy Goes Abroad and Au hasard des oiseaux.

Lemaitre-Duhaime, François, lord of the Dumontiers estate (fief), Yamachiche, Québec.He bought the estate from Dumontiers' hiers on February 10, 1762, before notary public Louis Pillard. But he couldn't hold onto it and was forced to sell it in 1764.

Lemaître, Georges (1894-1966). A Belgian priest, physicist and cosmologist.

He was the first to postulate the Big Bang theory of the universe, and that the universe is expanding, both theories now widely accepted, including by Albert Einstein (pictured with Einstein above, circa 1935).

Before he was educated at Cambridge, Georges Lemaître was a soldier with the French in the First World War, where he received the Military Cross.

Lemaitre-Lamorille, François, notary public, Québec. Active in la Nouvelle France (Quebec) in the first half of the 18th century.


  • Re Rodesse Duhaime, Midnorth Monitor, 9-NOV-1983 and Duhaime, Sue, [once available at!/photo.php?pid=127762&fbid=1037934502538&op=2&o=global&view=global&subj=42014180729&id=1050769165, now a dead link]. The trauma of San Lorenzo was captured in the 1982 Italian movie Night of the Shooting Stars, although the events portrayed in the film preceded Rodesse's heroics at San Lorenzo by some 6 months.
  • Veterans Affairs Canada, In memory of Private Nelson Duhaime, May 3, 1917, [accessed from the Internet on October 22, 2014 at the then-active link of ttp://]