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Jacques Fournier, 09-01-2022 09:37
Jacques Fournier
Hello forum,

this is a tentative translation in English of Michel's words.

I speak on behalf of his closest friends to inform you of the sudden death, at his home, of Christian Lechat. Yes, our friend Christian ! The creator of this magnificent Ascofrance forum which has become, as he wished, an essential link between the members of the mycological community passionate about the study of ascomycetes. A community without borders, animated by the sharing of knowledge as much as by mutual respect.
Christian leaves us at the top of his art in the study of Hypocreales, especially Nectriaceae and Bionectriaceae, a field in which he handed on to us dozens of new species, many of which were collected in the Lesser Antilles and French Guiana.
Christian was soon to celebrate his 70th birthday, he had many publications in progress and devoted himself entirely to this immeasurable task, most often with Jacques Fournier and Amy Rosman, among other faithful and numerous friends. His expertise, recognized by the international community, earned him the Gordon and Tina Wasson Award from the prestigious Mycological Society of America in 2020.
Christian was also an actor at the local level where he chaired for nearly twenty years the Mycological Society of the Massif d'Argenson within which we organized together the fabulous meetings of Mellasco.
Ascofrance must remain this place of meetings, sharing and friendship that Christian created. We will see to it.


Carmel Sammut, 09-01-2022 09:46
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A sad loss of a great man with a vision. Thanks to him we meet here.

May he rest in peace.
Enrique Rubio, 09-01-2022 10:22
Enrique Rubio
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It is a terrible, sudden and unexpected death.
I am deeply sorry to hear of his departure.
Lothar Krieglsteiner, 09-01-2022 10:30
Lothar Krieglsteiner
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What bad news. I did not know Christian personally, but hat the luck to take part of his knowledge and helpfulness here at ascofrance. He will be missing very much.
Riet van Oosten, 09-01-2022 10:33
Riet van Oosten
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A great loss, very sad.
Condolences to his family and friends
Przemyslaw Drzewiecki, 09-01-2022 10:43
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People die, fortunately their works remain.
Condolences to his family and friends.
Andrew N. Miller, 09-01-2022 14:54
Andrew N. Miller
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This is terribly sad news.  A great loss to the mycological community.

Stephen Mifsud, 09-01-2022 15:06
Stephen Mifsud
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Very sad news for he was an inspiration for me to study ascomycetes and we were discussing some topic just few days ago. A tragic loss to the scientific community. I'm saddened by this news. May he rest in peace.
Thorben Hülsewig, 09-01-2022 15:43
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This is very bad news.
My condolences to the family and friends.
Joop van der Lee, 09-01-2022 17:05
Joop van der Lee
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This is a very sad news 
My condolences to the family and his friends.

Chris Yeates, 09-01-2022 17:53
Chris Yeates
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I never met Christian, but always thought (foolishly of course) that one day I would. Now that day will never come. What a loss to our scattered (yet united, thanks to his efforts) community.

Such sad and unwelcome news.

Ethan Crenson, 09-01-2022 22:31
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I also never met Christian, but he certainly enriched my life. This site, his creation, has been such a magnificent thing.  I wish his family peace and comfort.
Nick Aplin, 09-01-2022 22:46
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Unbelievably sad news.
I will miss Christian, who was an inspiration both to me and many others. 

May his spirit and knowledge live on.

Lepista Zacarias, 09-01-2022 23:31
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A very sad new, indeed;
He will live forever in our minds and in this excellent website, one of his creations,
Jason Karakehian, 11-01-2022 16:28
Jason Karakehian
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Thank you Christian. Long live AscoFrance!