We are sad to report the passing of Dr. Jean Boyazoglu who died on May 17th. His ashes will be spread on the Mediterranean Sea on June 1st at 11:00 am in Menton, France.
We mourn the loss of a dear friend, colleague and fellow goat enthusiast.
Jean served as IGA’s President from 1992 to 1996, and as Editor-in-Chief for Small Ruminant Research from 2005 to 2012.
Born in Egypt of Greek parents, Jean prepared his D.Sc. on the genetic parameters of milk production of the Lacaune sheep of the Roquefort region, under the leadership of Jacques Poly, then head of the Animal Genetics Unit of INRA, France. He studied and worked successively in Pretoria, Paris, Los Angeles, and Rome, while simultaneously being an Associate Professor at the University of Thessaloniki.
Jean has a long history of service and made great contributions to the scientific knowledge of sheep and goat production and genetics.
He served as the Secretary-General of EAAP, WAAP, and ICAR. He was responsible for FAO’s Cooperative Research Networks in Europe and the Near East. Jean was also a member and President of the EU’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Appellations of Origin, Geographic Denominations, and Special Products. He served from 2003 to 2006 as Coordinator of regional programs at the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE). Jean also served as the Editor-in-Chief of Livestock Science.
Jean Boyazoglu is survived by his daughter Sonia O’Brien.
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