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Célébration d'adieu à la vie pour Erna "Musy" Gras

vendredi 13 octobre 2017   (0 Comments)
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Erna "Musy" Gras passed away peacefully on Tuesday, 3 October 2017, in her Vésenaz retirement home, where she had been living for the past three years.  Madame Gras, wife of well-loved Pierre Gras, former Latin and Greek teacher and librarian at LGB, worked at the French-side Admissions Office, from 1956 to 1979.

  Alejandro Rodriguez, Foundation archivist, shares these few words:

"Musy" Gras, as Mme Erna Gras was known to all her friends and acquaintances, was an eminently refined, polished and cultivated polyglot who combined felicitously her deep-rooted Swiss heritage with a quintessentially multicultural, Ecolintian outlook.

To interact with her was invariably a civilizing experience, an insight into a courteous and calm mode of existence that scarcely subsists in today's mindlessly fast-paced society. With her husband, the legendary Librarian and teacher of ancient Greek and Latin, Peter (Pierre) Gras, Musy formed a gentle and discreet but iconic couple in La Grande Boissière, remembered with fondness and respect by former colleagues and generations of students at La Grande Boissière.

Erna Gras featured on our "Former Staff: Then and Now" Section back in May 2015. You can read her interview here.

A ceremony to remember her life will be held on the LGB campus during the first week of November. More information will be announced here next week; please check back for details. 


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