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Member Events > Passing of Georges Guiochon

Dear WCDG Members,

One of our most prestigious members has passed away. Georges Guiochon, a previous WCDG President, after defeating pneumonia finally succumbed to neuromuscular failure due to Post Polio Syndrome on October 21, 2014. He was 83 years old and still working at UT Knoxville until the day before he entered intensive care on Oct.7.

Arrangements are underway for Memorials to be held in Paris, in Buffalo (Nov. 28) and at the University in Knoxville.

With warmest regards from another previous WCDG President, Lois Ann Beaver, surviving spouse of Georges Guiochon.

October 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa Phillips

Dear WCDG Members,
I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Prof. Georges Guiochon and offer my condolences to his wife, Lois and his family. Georges was one of the major contributors to separation science in the last 60 years . He will widely be remembered for his many theoretical and practical contributions in gas-, liquid-, thin-layer- and preparative- chromatography amongst other areas. He was always available to help to budding chromatographers and was a founder of the HPLC and preparative LC series of international meetings. He was always a strong leader and presenter at these meetings and, despite his physical handicaps, took on lots of management tasks. His recent contributions in UHPLC made a real difference in driving instrument companies to improve the performance of their hardware so that the newest column configurations could realize their full potential. Georges was always very kind to me and I appreciated his consultation, advice and friendship over the years. A dedicated scientist, he was often to be found in his laboratory/office day and night. Perhaps unknown about Georges was his interest in and vast knowledge of history--he knew more about American history than most Americans! We will miss you Georges. Ron Majors

October 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRon Majors

I was saddened to learn about the demise of Dr. Guiochon. I knew him since 1985 when he often visited Dr. L.B. Rogers of University of Georgia where I was doing post-doctoral research. I recall discussing with him a possible post-doctoral position in 1987 and he said I cannot find a better mentor than Dr. Rogers and I will be successful in my career. He in fact advised me against finding another post doctoral position. I revere his important contributions to the filed of separation sciences. My heartfelt condolences go to his wife Lois Beaver. May his soul rest in peace.
Ravi

October 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRavi Ravichandran

A nice remembrance from Journal of Chromatography A:

http://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-chromatography-a/news/professor-georges-guiochon-1931-2014-passed-away-on-october/

October 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa Phillips

Georges was the center of the separation science universe. Innumerable scientist who are now on the spirals of this galaxy have learned from his insights in physics, chemistry and engineering which have allowed him to explain phenomena in separation science to the deepest detail and which he published in countless monumental papers.

I have been most impressed by his energy to stay foot with and on top of progress in HPLC through participation in conferences and publications despite his physical hindrance. Just the effort to come to symposia WW has been gigantic for him but he always managed (with Lois)

Indeed despite being bitchy occasional he was a most friendly man which I could enjoy on occasions hosting him at Agilent Technologies and in our collaborations. I owe him my gratitude for supporting me in my own endeavors.

He was a family men both privately and professionally in all aspects. I'd like to convey my sincerest condolences to Lois and the family.

Gerard

November 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGerard Rozing