In Memoriam: Pierre J. Meunier, M.D.
Posted 11 May 2016 - 03:41 PM
Throughout his long career, Dr. Meunier’s research accomplishments were honored with numerous recognitions and awards. He was named a Decorated Officer of the Ordre des Palmes Academiques (France) and was a recipient of the ASBMR Frederic C. Bartter Award (1999), Paget Disease Foundation Prize (1991), IBMS John Haddad Award (1998), and the IOF Pierre Delmas International Prize (2010). He also served in numerous volunteer leadership positions with numerous bone organizations, including the editorial board of the JBMR, Editor-in-Chief of Bone (1978-1989), Editor-in-Chief of Osteoporosis International (1989-2005), Secretary of the European Calcified Tissue Society (1985-1991), and a consultant at the World Health Organization.
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Posted 12 May 2016 - 01:33 PM
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Posted 23 May 2016 - 08:20 AM
I went to Lyon in 1977 to learn histomorphometry in the “Laboratoire de recherches sur l’histodynamique osseuse” and to measure mean wall thickness. The laboratory and the Department of Rheumatology of the “Hôpital Claude Bernard” were an excellent environment to learn about metabolic bone disease. Pierre usually had consultations in the morning, and if possible he spent the afternoon in the histomorphometry laboratory. He was easy to approach and friendly mentor for the many PhD students and postdocs. I remember the many microscopes and the several thousand bone biopsies in small boxes in the laboratory. In 1982 he was in my PhD committee, and he was asking questions in English during the defence, but also adding some words in French, comparing a patient with hip fracture with the fire department arriving after the fire (“les pompiers arrivent après l’incendie”). In later years, Pierre became more and more famous as clinical investigator, but he always was easy to approach for young investigators.
I met him on several occasions after his farewell from the department and the laboratory in Lyon, in Chancelades, a small village in the remote department of Lozère, where he spent the last 10 years with his wife Annie in his country house and where he enjoyed the beautiful garden. Last years he became increasingly dependent. The last time we visited Pierre and Annie was in September 2015. At that time, he was quite immobile, but his wit was as before. As Annie told me on the phone, he passed away quietly.
We will remember him as an excellent scientist and teacher and a very nice person.
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