Brouard, G. Arsène (Gerfroy Arsène), 1867-1938

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Biographical History

Brother Arsene Brouard was a French monk, teacher, and naturalist. Much of his natural history study was in botany. He was born Arsene Gustave Joseph Brouard near Orléans in Loiret, France. Brouard learned botany while assistant to the botanist la Chapelle. He was of member of the order, Frères des Écoles Chrétiennes. In 1906 he went to teach at a college in Puebla, Mexico and later Morelia. Brouard taught a wide range of subjects over his lifetime including: sciences, French, and mathematics. During his time in Mexico he collected and studied the country’s vegetation extensively, until he left Mexico in 1914 due to the revolution. He came to the United States and taught at several schools in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Louisiana at St. Paul's College. During these years he continued to collect and study botany. In 1926 he moved to Las Vegas, New Mexico, for his health, where he taught at Sacred Heart Training College in Las Vegas and at St. Michael's College in Santa Fe. He passed away in 1938.


  • JSTOR Global Plants. “Arsène, Gustave (Gerfroy) (1867-1938).” Retrieved from August 6, 2013 from
  • Louisiana State University Special Collections. “Brouard (Brother Arsene) Papers. (Mss. 3568).” Retrieved August 1, 2013 from

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