It is with great sadness that we wish to convey the passing of Tom Stone on Saturday December 6th, 2014, in his 68th year. Tom was a highly regarded leader in ethnographic conservation and has left an indelible mark in the field of objects conservation in Canada and beyond.
Gustav Berger, paintings conservator known for his innovative approaches to our profession, died on March 5, 2006 at the age of 85. He was born in Vienna on July 28, 1920. He painted when he was young and had an exhibition of his paintings in Vienna when he was only 18 years old. He studied Civil Engineering at the Haifa Technical Institute served with the British Army from 1940 to 1946 and with the Israel Defense Forces from 1947-48. He was trained in photogrammetry and made maps from photographs in Israel.
Emil Bosshard died on 9 Febuary 2006 after two years of fighting a very aggressive Leukaemia, leaving his wife Veronika and their two children, Titus (27) and Miriam (23).
Tony Werner, Keeper of the British Museum Research Laboratory, 1959-1975, and Chairman of the Pacific Regional Conservation center based at the Bernice P Bishop Museum in Honolulu, 1975 -1982, died in Hobart, Tasmania, on 21 January 2006 aged 94.
Robert Organ, who has died aged 91, was almost the last survivor of the second generation of scientists who applied their expertise in a handful of museums and universities to the conservation and examination of antiquities in the years immediately following the Second World War. His expertise was metals, especially corroded bronze and silver, and his studies of the deterioration of archaeological bronzes were fundamental to the modern profession of conservation. But not only did he elucidate the mechanisms of deterioration but he also invented treatments.
None of us are untouched by the loss of Giorgio Torraca, one of the most generous, enthusiastic, and productive members of the preservation community. His contributions are legion and directly or indirectly he was a mentor to all who work toward the conservation of world heritage. The listing of his achievements will be made many times in the coming years.