Michel Blanc 1952-2009

We deeply regret to announce the death of Mr Michel BLANC on 27 November 2009. Mr BLANC, who was born on 4 April 1952, was a member of the IT Department and had worked at CERN since 1 January 1978.

The Director-General has sent his family a message of condolence on behalf of the CERN personnel.

Social Affairs

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of our friend and colleague Michel Blanc on the evening of Friday 27 November. Everyone who knew him, especially those who had spent many years with him in the Computer Centre where he worked since his arrival at CERN in 1978, but also his more recent colleagues, will always remember his good humour, his quick wit and his amazing zest for life. He made staunch friends during his thirty years at CERN and often kept in touch with them after they left the Organization. His passion for motorcycling and for walks with his wife, his two sons and his friends were some of his great joys in life. Michel took a well-earned early retirement in October 2007 after a long career in the Division/Department.

Unfortunately, the illness that struck him a few months later prevented him from enjoying his retirement to the full. Throughout the last 18 months of his life he demonstrated his characteristic courage and dignity and was wonderfully cared for by his wife and children.

Michel’s death leaves a great void and we wish to convey our deepest condolences to his family.

His friends and colleagues
in the IT Department

by HR Department