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Books and Films about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia => Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia => Topic started by: Eurohistory on December 29, 2007, 04:55:48 PM

Title: A dear friend gone far too soon! [Jacques Ferrand]
Post by: Eurohistory on December 29, 2007, 04:55:48 PM
I am in Brussels and have just heard that Romanov expert extraordinaire, Jacques Ferrand, a dear friend of many, many years, died in an automobile accident yesterday!

His erudition and knowledge on all things Romanov, but particularly when it came to his fabulous books, has served us all very well!

I was last with him in Paris but a few weeks ago and am completely devastated by his untimely passing...how awful and how tenuous is our lease on this planet.

Arturo Beéche
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Post by: Vecchiolarry on December 29, 2007, 05:30:36 PM
Arturo,

Very sorry to hear about your friend's death.
You are right about our slim grasp on life;  only on Christmas Day, I was talking and laughing with a lady and heard on Boxing Day that she had died in her sleep...  That death is & was preferable to your friends of course, but it only goes to show us that we can all have an unexpected future!!

My condolences...

Larry
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Post by: Mari on December 29, 2007, 09:18:27 PM
I too add my condolences...both to you and his Family! Whether He was a Friend or a gifted Historian it is a gigantic loss.
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Post by: Terence on December 30, 2007, 12:08:17 AM
I am so sorry to hear this.  My condolences to his family and friends.

Tho most here are students of history it is still is sometimes amazing to be reminded of how brief how our own tenure here is.  One constant is that we can all hope to contribute to humanity as Jacques Ferrand did.

T
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Post by: Teddy on December 30, 2007, 02:43:54 AM
Its always to soon, Arturo. Always.
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Post by: Ilana on December 30, 2007, 11:44:29 AM
Oh, no!  Having seen his work, I'm really terribly sorry.  Condolences to his friends and family!!!!
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Post by: Eurohistory on December 31, 2007, 09:54:17 AM
Indeed a sad and tragic loss. It was a huge truck that smashed into his red little car, a car I rode in several times with Jacques transporting books from his place to my hotel. I can still see him unloading boxes of books last month for us. I am just simply stunned. For the last 11 years of my visiting Paris there were maybe 2 or 3 opportunities when I did not meet with him for breakfast (his favorite time) or lunch (mine)...we would sit and chat about the Romanovs for hours and hours and hours. He was excellent at helping me identify people in obscure Russian photos.
 
The last time Dave and I saw him he spent a considerable time expounding on his love of Tahiti, Moorea and Huahine and told us our next visit to that paradise should be to Huahine...plus de plage, rien de culture, mais on l'aime beaucoup (lots of beach, little culture, but one loves it so! - could not agree with him more!) were among his last words to me. "See you in January," he said. He also loved the Greek book and hoped that some day I would do something similar to it with the Romanovs. His support of my magazine was unconditional – I have an interview with him that we have yet to publish. I suppose, I know, Paris will not ever be the same without a visit with him.
 
He was the among the kindest, most soft-spoken, reserved, welcoming and accepting, yet bursting with passion, men I have ever met and will miss him tremendously.

Arturo Beéche
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Post by: grandduchessella on January 01, 2008, 12:11:56 AM
I'm so very sorry to hear of your loss Arturo--I have a couple of his books and they were wonderful works but yours is a personal loss that transcends the admiration one has for Mr Ferrand as a historian.
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Post by: Eurohistory on January 01, 2008, 02:10:48 PM
His books stand as legacy to a deep love for the history of Russia, not just the imperial family. He was a government employee, whose hobby (the Romanovs) made him known to us all.

And yes his books will stand as Jacques' legacy to us all, those of us who knew him personally and were honored with his friendship and mentoring, as well as those if you who have only been acquainted with him through his amazing work.

His books, although in French only (not a problem to me, thankfully) are resources that everyone interested in the imperial family ought to have. They are extremely thorough and the subjects photographed expertly identified. The loss of this wealth of knowledge will affect many of us as well! I cannot begin to tell you how many times I scanned rare Romanov photos and emailed these to him. A day or two later there would be an email back from him (sometimes a week later a letter in the mail as well) in which he not only provided identification, but also in many instances described the uniforms used by those photographed and could pinpoint the time and place where the photo was taken. It was amazing!

I am dedicating THE GRAND DUKES to him...and this provides me with the necessary impetus to get the book out by March, finally!

Arturo Beéche
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Post by: Sarai on January 02, 2008, 09:12:14 AM
I will add my name to the list of voices wishing you condolences on the loss of your dear friend.
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Post by: Alixz on January 06, 2008, 06:10:38 PM
Art,

I spent a lot of time last year searching for M. Ferrand's  Noblesse Russe:  Portraits.  I was lucky enough to come up with volume #1 #3 and #4 out of the six.

I, too, am devastated by the loss of such knowledge and information.  However, your loss of M. Ferrand as a friend is so much more terrible.

My condolences.

Alixz

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Post by: Annette on January 08, 2008, 03:51:53 AM
Dear Art

I am truly sorry about the loss of Jacques Ferrand, I know you and he were old and trusted friends.  I was studying Noblesse Russe over Christmas as you know and marvelling at the magnificant epic production of the volumes.  I had been in correspondence with Jacques last summer when he offered to help me with some research.  He offered to meet my husband and I as we were holidaying in Paris but he could not make the dates we were there.  He then suggested I email him with my questions and unfortunately I had delayed doing so, and will always regret that now.

Jacques' books are wonderful and I have managed to find my way round them easily despite having only a basic knowledge of French.

It is a very sad loss and a tragic end for a real gentleman.

Kind regards.

Annette
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Post by: Laura Mabee on January 08, 2008, 04:48:52 PM
Art,
Thank you for posting this. I am so sorry to hear of the death of Mr. Jacques Ferrand.
It's always good to reflect on those who have contributed greatly to field of Russian History.
May he rest in peace.
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Post by: Eurohistory on January 09, 2008, 09:26:04 AM
Thanks to all...Jacques' funeral is on Saturday.

Arturo Beéche