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Paul Déchelette

Paul Dechelette
Paul Déchelette — 1930-2007

Paul Déchelette passed away at the beginning of October.  We were very many to bid him our last farewell, a sure sign of his popularity, of the friendship and respect he commanded well beyond the sphere of his work.

After his youth days in Roanne (France) where he was born, Paul joined CERN in February 1959, at the time of the first experiments when everything had still to be done and to be invented. He soon joined a physics group where his qualities were immediately highly appreciated.

For him everything had to be perfect and he produced gems of precision from just a small sketch. The solutions he was able to find for numerous problems in preparing experiments made him an essential asset of the group. He was always willing to share his know-how, discreetly, always available with a high sense of responsibility, without ever putting himself forward. His black notebook in which he wrote in his beautiful writing was a reference.  It is not surprising that he made so many friends.

He was, among others, one of the pillars of the CERN Ski Club and many were the Cernois who learned to ski with him. He also knew how to enjoy life with friends on the good occasion. His wife Eliane and his children Philippe and Isabelle and their families can be assured of our fond remembrances.

Maria Fidecaro & Guiseppe Fidecaro