Frederick Louis Cass
Frederick Louis Cass (1907-1964)
Reverend Frederick Louis Cass was born on 23 May 1907, in North River, Prince Edward Island to parents Thomas P. Cass, and Mary Ann Trainor. Thomas and Mary Ann had ten children, with Frederick being the youngest son. Frederick’s older siblings include: Mary, William, Parvin, Austin, Francis, John, George, and Evelyn, and his younger sister Theresa.
Frederick entered Prince of Wales College and obtained a teaching license. He then taught for two years before attending St. Dunstan’s College where he graduated in May 1931. After graduation, in the Fall of 1931, Frederick entered the Grand Seminary of Quebec. He was ordained in St. Dunstan’s Basilica on 3 March 1935.
Frederick would then spend the next two years, 1936-1937, at St. Francis Xavier and McGill University studying chemistry. He would return to St. Dunstan’s College, where he became the first priest to teach chemistry. Frederick also became involved in coaching, he coached athletics as well as debate teams and in the 1950’s, he coached two national debating championship teams.
Frederick taught at St. Dunstan’s College for 27 years but he unfortunately passed away suddenly on 8 July 1964, at the Charlottetown Hospital. His Funeral Mass was held in St. Dunstan’s Basilica by Bishop MacEachern and he was buried in the People’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, in Parkdale.
In 1967, The Science Hall at St. Dunstan’s College was renamed to Cass Science Hall in honor of Reverend Frederick Louis Cass.
UPEI’s Provenance Collection has a copy of the book, Colloids: a textbook, by Hugo Rudolph Kruyt, with Frederick’s signature ”Frederick Louis Cass” “McGill University” “Montreal”.
Prince Edward Island Baptismal Index. Prince Edward Island, Canada: Public Archives and Records Office. http://www.gov.pe.ca/archives/baptismal/search_index.php.
O’Shea, Art. (1996). “Fred Cass”. In Priests and bishops who served in the Diocese of Charlottetown, 1829-1996. The Author, Charlottetown, PE.
“Rev. F.L. Cass Dies Suddenly” The Guardian. 9 July, 1964, p. 1. Accessed through IslandNewspapers.ca on 5 June 2019.
Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1911. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2007. http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1911/Pages/about-census.aspx. Series RG31-C-1. Statistics Canada Fonds. Microfilm reels T-20326 to T-20460.
Rev Frederick Louis Cass. Find a Grave.
University of Prince Edward Island. Cass Science Hall. Retrieved from
Photo from St. Dunstan's University Digital Archive. Rev. F. L. Cass. Identifier sdu:7978.