Marcel Gagnon began teaching at Brother Rice in 1968. He taught English and art for the majority of his career, proudly serving as department chair for the English Department for a period of time. Marcel also served as the dean of students for several years.
Attending night school while teaching full time, he earned a law degree from Wayne State University in 1984. He retired in 2006 after nearly 40 years of serving the school and the students he loved.
Former school president John Birney described Marcel as a “highly intelligent, demanding, eclectic instructor who was blessed with a passion to learn.” Others described Marcel as having a quirky sense of humor that, combined with an infectious laugh, kept all those around him constantly on their toes.
He was married to the love of his life Theresa, who taught special education in Warren schools. Their mutual love of teaching, a good book, and a home cooked meal formed the foundation of their marriage.
Marcel passed away in 2019, but left behind a legacy of students who benefited through his dignity and unparalleled commitment to his profession and Brother Rice High School.
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Brother Rice High School is a 2020 National Blue Ribbon School and ranked the #1 Catholic High School in Michigan. A proud private educational institution located in Bloomfield Hills.