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Fred Champagne, M.D.

December 12, 1932 — November 14, 2022

Fred Champagne was born on December 12, 1932 in Baie-de-Henne, Haiti to Françoise (née Jean-
Baptiste) and Philippe Champagne.

Fred completed his elementary studies at the College de Port-au-Prince in 1949, his secondary studies at
Lycée Alexandre Pétion in 1954, and his medical studies at the Université d’Etat d’Haiti, Faculté de
Medecine et de Pharmacie in 1962. While a resident of obstetrics and gynecology at Maternité Isaie
Jeanty Chancerelles in Port-au-Prince, he met Agathe Hercule; the two eloped in 1964 before emigrating
to the United States.

In the years to follow Fred served as a house physician at Burrell Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Virginia
and an intern at Homer G. Phillips Hospital in St. Louis. He studied at the University of Chicago before
embarking on a 26-year career at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago, where he was among the first
anesthesiologists trained in cardiac anesthesia, allowing for the first open heart surgery to be performed at
St. Joseph.

A loving father of three, Fred was a voracious reader, a wine enthusiast, a lover of classical, Latin and
Haitian music, and a prolific poet. His book of poems, Echos Non Eteints, was published in 2014. Fred
would spend hours discussing Haitian politics and the future of his beloved Haiti. Intent on seeing his
homeland flourish, on several occasions he returned to Haiti to instruct medical students and complete
medical missions in Pignon. Fred was a founding member of Association des Médecins Haitiens à
l’Etranger (Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad) and the founding president of the Chicago DuSable
Society.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents Françoise (née Jean-Baptiste) and Philippe; his brothers
Arsène, Guy, Jean, Michel; and his sister Marie. Fred is survived by his loving wife Agathe, his three children Fred, Jr., Ronald (Farnaz), and Sabine (Marvin); his grandchildren Yasmine, Christopher, Valerie, and Bijan; his brothers Rony (Lorraine), Sylver (Marie), Paul (Marie-Rose), his sister, Christine; and countless loving nieces, nephews, cousins,
god children, and friends.

 

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Service Schedule

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Mass

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery

1500 S State Rd 7, North Lauderdale, FL 33068

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Interment

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

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