Dr. Michel Vallieres, 74, of Princeton, died Sunday, April 26, 2020 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center of Plainsboro from complications related to the Covid-19 virus. Michel was a gentle gentleman with a persistent French Canadian accent and unassuming manner. He was friendly, accepting and voraciously curious by nature. He instinctively saw the goodness and potential in people, and everyone he met liked him immediately. He leaves behind many friends throughout the world.
Michel was unafraid to experience life. He was willing to try any food without description. He learned Spanish without taking classes and preferred to speak Spanish with Latins even if their English was better than his Spanish. He knew he could not keep a rhythm, but loved to dance anyway. He met his wife of 50 years at a Samba dance party. He was unapologetically a nerd’s nerd – fully embracing Star Trek, Star Wars, Dr Who and, embarrassingly, was an avid fan of The Big Bang Theory sitcom, which we chalked up to English as a second language and gave him a pass. His enthusiasm for life was an example to us all.
Michel deeply loved, and was loved by, his family. He never missed his daughter’s volleyball games or his son’s hockey games as kids. He spent many hours watching hockey and football with them. He spoke with his parents in Canada almost every day until they passed. He loved large get-togethers with family and friends from around the world. We cherish so many happy memories.
Born in Quebec City, Canada in 1945, Dr. Vallieres graduated Laval University in the Spring of 1967, obtained a Masters and PhD in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania. He did post-doctoral work in England and Canada, before spending 38 years as a professor and 17 years as Head of the Physics Department at Drexel University. Dr. Vallieres was also a published author.
Son of the late Ulric and Noella (Villeneuve) Vallieres, he is survived by his wife of 50 years, Maria-Gladys (Cano) Vallieres, a son and daughter in law Rick and Irma Vallieres, daughter and son in law Nathalie and Nicholas Hand, sister Danielle Vallieres, and 6 grandchildren Thomas Hand, Maria Hand, Marcella Hand, Genevieve Vallieres, Jadie Tome, Joshua Tome, niece Caroline Leblanc and partner Eric Pfalzgraf, nephew Simon Leblanc and wife Valerie Drolet, nephew David Leblanc and partner Emilie Langevin.