Obituary for Vincent Gallant
Vincent J. Gallant, M.D., peacefully passed away June 24, 2016. He is survived by his five children (Vincent Jr., Tom, and John Gallant; Carol LaVasseur and Elizabeth Grundy), fourteen grandchildren (Lauren, Elise, Marne, Quinn, Ava, Jack, Kayla, Bella, and Drew Gallant; Randall LaVasseur, Jr; Vaughan IV, Mary, Thomas, and James Grundy), and his wife, Mary Ellen.
Vincent was born on August 3, 1928 in Lawrence, MA. He was the eldest of eight children. Vincent graduated from Boston College in 1949 with a B.S. in Biology, and was awarded a teaching fellowship at St. Louis University teaching biochemistry to nursing students. In 1950, he was admitted to the University of Laval Medical School in Quebec, Canada, and in 1955, received his M.D. degree.
He moved to Detroit and completed his first year as a resident in general surgery at Henry Ford Hospital. In June 1956, he entered the Army Medical Corps as a captain and general surgeon. In 1961, completed his residency at Harper Hospital in Detroit and began a private practice of general surgery. As a surgeon, he helped train surgical residents and taught at Wayne State University Medical School. He continued to work as a surgeon at Harper Hospital until his retirement at age 68.
During the course of his career, he was a surgeon for the Detroit Police Department from 1962-1982. He was also the medical director for the Canadian National Railroad subsidiary Grand Trunk Western Railroad from 1976-1996, and he also consulted often as a medical defense witness. He was president of the Detroit Academy of Surgery, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the American Medical Association, Michigan State and Wayne County Medical Societies as well as a member of numerous other surgical societies.
A memorial mass will be celebrated Saturday, November 26, 2016, 10:30 a.m., at St. Lucy Catholic Church, 23401 E. Jefferson, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080.