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  Obituary of Jean Paul Ferry
From: "Carla Kostelac" <Carla.Kostelac at mobot.org> on 2013.08.14 at 08:16:46(22896)
Dear Aroiders:

I am very sorry to announce that one of our esteemed IAS members,
Geneviève Ferry, aroid specialist at the Nancy
Botanical Gardens and Co-Organizer of
the 10th International Aroid Conference in Nancy, France
has lost her husband, Jean Paul Ferry. Jean Paul was a dear friend and
colleague and I will dearly miss him. An expert on the Flora of Lorraine
Department in France and an excellent gardener, Jean Paul worked for many years
at the Nancy Botanical
Gardens in Nancy and was the Director
of the Alpine Gardens in Chitelet from 1967 until 1995 and also a Curator at
the Nancy Botanical Gardens from 1974 until 1995. He
formally retired from the botanical gardens in February 2008. The IAS group
visited the Chitelet
Gardens on a field trip
following the Nancy Conference and Jean Paul narrated in the bus along the way,
describing the highlights of the vegetation. Later he showed us the aroid
populations of those Alpine Gardens and attended the great banquet in the
massive reception hall of the town hall on Place Stanislaus. Those of you who
attended the Nancy Conference will remember him at those meetings. Jean Paul
had been suffering for several years from cancer and finally succumbed to this
disease on Saturday, August 10th. I received this sad news only
moments before my departure from the 7th Colombian Botanical
Congress in Ibague, Colombia where I also attended the
1st Colombian Aroid Conference. As a member of the Board of the IAS,
I wish to express our condolences to Geneviève and to their daughters, Camille
and Lucie. Jean Paul was an excellent French chef and he prepared wonderful
meals and served the best wine. We sat and talked for hours after dinner about
subjects of his interest, speaking mostly in German, the only language we had
in common. Jean Paul will be honored by Anthurium
jeanpaulii Croat, a species named in his honor. May he rest in the
peace of God.

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