PAST PRESIDENT of the Canadian Geotechnical Society Francois Tavenas died on 13 February at the age of 61.
Tavenas was an active and highly respected leader in geotechnical research and practice in Canada.
Born in 1942 in Bourg-de-Peage in France, he graduated in civil engineering at l'Institut National des Sciences Appliquees in Lyon and obtained his doctorate in geotechnical engineering from l'Universite de Grenoble.
Tavenas spent most of his academic career in Quebec.
He was former professor of civil engineering at Universite Laval, former vice rector at McGill University, rector at Universite Laval and, most recently, the first rector of the new Universite du Luxembourg.
He was the recipient of the 1995 Leggett Medal and the 2001 EIC Julian C Smith Medal.
Tavenas, who died in his sleep in Luxembourg, is survived by his wife, Gundula Schlichting, three children and five grandchildren.