Andre Toussaint, FATIPEC General Secretary, dies at 73: remembering a friend and colleague.
Andre Toussaint first studied chemistry in Brussels at the Institut Meurice Chimie, from which he obtained his Technical Engineer degree in Industry in 1957 and his Technical Engineer degree in Sciences and Chemical Industry in 1958. He started his professional career as an Assistant at the Institut Meurice Chimie (1957-1961) and as Full Leader of Projects (1961-1963). He later completed his Engineer Doctorate at the University of Montpellier, France in 1963 and went on to lecture in Molecular Spectophotometry and later in the Technology of Paint and Varnishes.
While maintaining his teaching activities he became the same year Head of the Professional Laboratory of the Belgian Paint and Varnish Industry, later to be renamed the Coatings Research Institute (CoRI).
As Research Responsible, Andre Toussaint managed a wide range of R & D projects and represented Belgium at many International Congresses and Symposia. He was a prolific author of many papers in different Scientific Specialised Journals. Numerous final year students enjoyed the privilege of carrying out their thesis under his stewardship. He was also Consultant to the Research Laboratories of a leading European cosmetics producer.
In addition he was a member of the Editorial Board of the Oil and Colour Chemists' Association (OCCA) and a member of the Scientific Committee of the Athens Conferences (International Conferences in Organic Coatings), and honorary member of the Editorial Board of Progress in Organic Coatings.
Professor Toussaint was President of ATIPIC for several years (1978-1987), President of the XVI FATIPEC Congress in 1982, and was later to become its General Secretary in 2000. While serving in this capacity, he attended many of the FSCT's annual conventions and enjoyed meeting its members.
FATIPEC and ATIPIC have lost one of their most active members, respected and loved by everyone for his rich human qualities, his education, and his scientific knowledge in all sectors in the Paint, Varnish, and related Industries. His dynamism and energetic input brought success to all his projects which will be a lasting memory for all.
Andre passed away too early, much too early, and unexpectedly far away from his family.
Andre, your friends within FATIPEC and ATIPIC will miss you a great deal. You were a pillar of both Associations and have left behind you many plans and projects for the future.
While time takes care of soothing the pain and memory of those departed, it can never erase your legacy, the memory of your image and our recollection of the moments of delight you brought to all of us.
The FSCT joins with Andre's many friends and colleagues in offering our sympathy and condolences to Marie-France his wife, his children and grandchildren, and to the family.
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|Date:||Jan 1, 2007|
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