In Memoriam: Denise Albe-Fessard

Denise Albe-FessardDenise Albe-Fessard, DSc
Boulogne, France

Denise Albe-Fessard, first President of the International Association for the Study of Pain (1975-1978), died on the May 7, 2003, at the age of 87. She earned her degree in Engineering from the School of Physique et Chimie de Paris in 1937, followed by her Doctor és Sciences from Paris University in 1950.

Dr. Albe-Fessard served as Chair of the Scientific Program Committee for the First World Congress on Pain in Florence, Italy (1975), and as a member of various other committees from 1978-1984. She received many honors, among them becoming a Chevalier de la l’egion d’honneur and an Officier de l’ordre du m’erite, both in her native France.

In an editorial published in the European Journal of Pain in 2003, Dr. Fernando Cervero described Dr. Albe-Fessard as “a remarkable scientist and a remarkable woman…I was particularly impressed by the strength of her personality and by the blend of charm and determination that had taken her to the top of her profession even though science was, until very recently, a man’s world.”