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Saranac Lake's founder is next on Walk of Fame

Dr. E.L. Trudeau will be honored Tuesday in lab he established

November 1, 2011
By CHRIS KNIGHT - Senior Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

SARANAC LAKE - The man who founded this village as a tuberculosis curing center will be the second inductee into Saranac Lake's Walk of Fame.

An induction ceremony for Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau is scheduled to take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, in the John Black Room of the Saranac Laboratory on Church Street.

In the late 1800s, Trudeau founded the Saranac Laboratory for the Study of Tuberculosis as well as the Adirondack Cottage Sanitarium, making Saranac Lake North America's first tuberculosis research and cure center. Trudeau was the first president (what the mayor was then called) of the Board of Trustees when the village was incorporated in 1892.

The sanatorium closed in the 1950s after drugs became available to treat tuberculosis. The laboratory that Trudeau founded was re-established in 1964 as Trudeau Institute, a nonprofit biomedical research center on the shore of Lower Saranac Lake that employs more than 130 people.

"Dr. Trudeau is an obvious choice for our Walk of Fame," said village Mayor Clyde Rabideau, who began the Walk of Fame project. "Not only did he help form the village of Saranac Lake, but he was also instrumental in the treatment of tuberculosis, which was a worldwide endeavor in the first part of the last century. His presence is felt in every corner of Saranac Lake to this day, and to honor him is only appropriate."

A bronze plaque honoring Trudeau will be unveiled at Tuesday's ceremony, which is being hosted by the village, its Walk of Fame Committee, Trudeau Institute and Historic Saranac Lake. The plaque will be located in the village's downtown, at a site to be announced that evening, Rabideau said.

Olympic champion skier and Vermontville native Bill Demong was enshrined as the first member of the Walk of Fame in a ceremony earlier this year at the Hotel Saranac. A bronze plaque bearing his name was attached to the front facade of the Harrietstown Town Hall.

Rabideau said the Walk of Fame Committee, which the village board appointed last year, already has dozens of nominees.

"In the years ahead we'll develop that critical mass where the Walk of Fame becomes somewhat of a tourist attraction and at the very least a real row of honor that all Saranac Lakers can take pride in," Rabideau said.

Tuesday's event, which features wine and hors d'oeuvres, costs $15 per person or $20 per couple. Proceeds will be used to pay for future Walk of Fame and Mayor's Cup events, Rabideau said.

To RSVP, contact the village office at 518-891-4150.


Contact Chris Knight at 518-891-2600 ext. 24 or



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