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In Memoriam: Michel Claudon (1953 – 2018)

In Memoriam: Michel Claudon (1953 – 2018)

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HASSEN A. GHARBI,*,1 NICOLAS GRENIER,y,2 and SEUNG HYUP KIMz,3
* University of Tunis, Tunisia;
y Hospital Pellegrin, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Bordeaux, France; and z Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Korea

1. Professor of Radiology and Biophysics, Past President of the World Federation of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.

2. Professor of Radiology, Chief of Adult Radiology
3. Professor of Radiology, President Elect of the World Federation of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.



Michel Claudon, Professor of Radiology and medical imaging at the University of Lorraine, in Nancy, France, passed away on November 20, 2018, at the age of 65, after a spirited battle against cancer, against which he fought courageously for several months.

Michel was born on July 7, 1953 and raised in Pont- a-Mousson, France. His roots were in Lorraine, in eastern France. He grew up and married his wife, Claire Lise in Nancy, France and they had three girls, Lucile, 34 years old, married in 2017, granddaughter Leopoldine born in September 2018, Anne Sophie, 32 years old, and Aurore, 28 years old, who was engaged in November 2018.
Appointed Professor of Radiology in 1989, Michel spent his entire career as Head of Department of Pediatric Radiology, then of Adult Radiology at Hospital Brabois, Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy. He became president of the medical council of his hospital between 2011 and 2017 and occupied the position of President of the National Conference of Presidents of Medical Councils thereafter.
Michel Claudon was a passionate radiologist, an out- standing teacher, and a recognized researcher in the clinical ultrasound fields of genitourinary and pediatric radiology.
During all these years, he was driven by an acute sense of responsibility, not by the thirst for power, but by the pro- found conviction that he had to make a contribution for the development of his profession. He led all his fights, even the last one, with courage, determination and combativeness.
He was a man with a curious mind, a happy spirit, an epicurean, faithful in friendship, who carried great and sincere ambitions for his medical profession and radiology specialty. 

He was an ardent defender of all aspects and developments in ultrasound. This is why he became successively President of the French-speaking Society for the Application of Ultrasound to Medicine and Biology (SFAUMB), of the European Federation of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (EFSUMB) and finally of the World Federation of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB). But he also got involved in urogenital radiology and became President of the French Society of Urogenital Imaging, Societe Franc ̧aise l’imagerie Urogenitale(SIGU),then of the European Society of Urogenital Radiology (ESUR). He promoted and participated in the development of ultrasound in medicine in many countries, structuring teaching and research directions.

He was particularly interested in promoting radiology in developing countries, specifically in Yemen. He worked hard with the help of Dr .Yvette Viallard, a radiologist and President of the Association Medicale Franco Yemenite.

Michel spent several missions in Sana’a and Taiz, Yemen. He was proud to speak Arabic, for the promotion of the good use of the radiological tools. We had the chance to share teaching courses with him in Sana’a.
Michel Claudon will be long remembered and revered by those who worked under and with him. His contribution to the development of clinical radiology is enormous. His kindness, dedication, and constant curiosity made him a faithful friend to many radiologists and clinicians around the world.
Special thoughts for those who survive him, his wife Claire Lise, his parents Jean and Simone, his three girls Lucile, Anne Sophie, Aurore, and his granddaughter Leopoldine.

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In Memoriam: Francis Weill (1933 – 2018)

In Memoriam: Francis Weill (1933 – 2018)

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Michel Claudon, Hassen A. Gharbi, Barry B. Goldberg
Past Presidents of the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology


 

Francis Weill, professor of radiology and medical imaging at the University of Besançon, France, passed away on August 19, 2018, at the age of 85, after a long, spirited battle against cancer.

Francis was born and raised in Strasbourg, Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine, France in 1933. He was the grandson of a famous rabbi, Ernest Weill, and was the second son of Joseph Weill, MD, who specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes. Alsace is a province located on the eastern border of France, which has been under both German and French control for centuries, with often conflicting influences. Francis’s youth was marked by the Second World War. Fortunately, in 1943, most of his family succeeded in crossing the border into Switzerland, where they remained safe until the end of hostilities.

Francis Weill earned graduate degrees in medicine at the University of Strasbourg. He was rapidly attracted by a new discipline emerging at that time, radiology, and entered his residency with the top score in his graduating class. He was the first of his generation in Strasbourg to enter a radiology residency and fellowship, under the supervision of Professor Charles Gros and the chairmanship of Pierre Warter.

In 1966, Francis took a position as associate professor at the University Hospital of Besançon, the capital of Franche-Comté, a province south of Alsace. Chief of the Department of General Radiology, he was promoted to full professor in 1978. He established an internationally renowned school of imaging, with an emphasis on diagnostic ultrasound. As a pioneer he introduced France to this nascent technique, which he discovered through an article published in 1968 in the British Journal of Radiology by Professor Ian Donald from Glasgow, Scotland. He bought his first machine in February 1969 and attended with passion the First International Ultrasound Meeting in Vienna a few months later.

Some of us will always remember the young Professor Weill trying to convince skeptical French radiologists that this “large, round area without any black dots” was a renal cyst. However, after this initial phase, ultrasound developed quickly, and most of us in Europe and abroad learned ultrasound from his personal teaching or from his books, which were translated into English. He organized a famous annual meeting dedicated to ultrasound at his university, to which he invited experts and young clinicians from many countries.

As a clinician, Professor Weill, along with Professors Thérèse Planiol and Léandre Pourcelot from Tours, contributed widely to the establishment of the French Society of Ultrasound in 1972. Thereafter, he successively presided over the European Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology from 1984 to 1987 and the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB) from 1988 to 1991. He always fulfilled the responsibility of international scientific bodies in teaching physicians from all around the world, mainly in less-developed countries, and in 1991 strongly supported the admission of the Mediterranean and African Society for Ultrasound to the WFUMB. He was twice elected as president of the medical community of his academic hospital in Besançon (1976–1985 and 1991–1993).

While retired, he remained very active and wrote 15 books on his family history and various aspects of religions. He actively contributed to the dialogue between Jewish and Christian communities while fighting against all forms of fundamentalism. A sentence often quoted by Francis comes from the book of Job: “God has given, God has taken away. May the name of God be praised!” For decades, he had enjoyed walking and skiing across the scenic countryside of Franche-Comté and Switzerland with friends or by himself.

Francis Weill will long be remembered and revered by those who worked under and with him. His contribution to the development of clinical ultrasound is enormous. His kindness, dedication and constant curiosity made him a faithful friend to many radiologists and clinicians.

Francis lost his beloved wife Sonja several years ago. Both are survived by their son Jean Marc and daughter Anne, as well as two granddaughters.

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