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Geneva mourns Michel Halpérin (LGB '67)

mercredi, 13 août 2014   (1 Comments)
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Michél Halperin, 1948 - 2014Michel Halpérin, a highly accomplished and much respected politician and lawyer in Geneva, died on Monday 11 August 2014 at the age of 65 following a long illness. An alumnus of Ecolint, he attended La Grande Boissière from 1961 to 1965.

Donate Dobbernack (LGB '62), though five years ahead of him in school, nevertheless remembers him well. He was "already then a personality, very intelligent, très sympathique and greatly appreciated". This appreciation carried through to his professional career, with colleagues from across the political spectrum paying tribute to him this week.

To take but one example, his fellow member of the PLR (Parti radical-démocratique) Christain Lüscher regretted the loss of someone who was both a colleague and a close friend. "Il a été un exemple pour beaucoup d’entre nous. Il a incontestablement marqué la vie politique genevoise de ces 25 dernières années."

Mr. Halpérin's most senior political role was in the Geneva parliament - the Grand Conseil - of which he was a member from 1984 to 1989 and again from 1993 to 2009. He chaired it in 2006.

Parmi ses nombreuses activités, Michel Halpérin a notamment présidé le conseil d’administration des HUG entre 2012 et mai dernier. Après des études à l'Université de Genève, il est devenu avocat en 1974. En 1976, il est devenu associé de l'étude Ming Halpérin Burger Inaudi qu'il n'a pas quittée.

His funeral takes place on Thursday 14 August at the Jewish cemetary in Veyrier.

>> En hommage à Michel Halpérin


Zafar Shaheed says...
Posted lundi, 1 septembre 2014
The last time I saw Michel was at the home of another alumnus, Michel Barton, when some of the latter's friends got together to celebrate the first anniversary of his death, and to support Beatrice Barton. That evening, Michel H. asked me about Sufism, noting that in his view this strand of thinking and practice could be key in overcoming conflict within Islam and between Islam and the West. I was very taken by this thoughtful approach, and only regret that we were not able to continue our fruitful exchange beyond that evening. Salut, cher Michel - perhaps we continue and catch up in the afterlife!

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