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Cécile Gruson (1937 - 2013)

Sunday, September 22, 2013
 
In the small world of philately Cécile Gruson was someone who stood out from the rest. Cécile was a very humble and reserved person. Whether you met her in person or only knew her from her writing, you understood that she was a special person.
 
Cécile Gruson was born in I937 in The Netherlands and raised in several different countries. She married Patrick Gruson in 1970 and resided in Switzerland.
 
Cécile was a consultant to the Guatemalan postal administration and was a distinguished member of numerous philatelic societies including the Royal Philatelic Society of London. Cécile exhibited her collections and publications internationally.
 
David Reitsema, past ISGC President and current Editor of El Quetzalremembers Cécile for her broad expertise in all matters pertaining to Guatemalan philately, and that "while not many still remember the difficult days for the ISGC in the early ‘90’s, her efforts were very significant in insuring the survival of the Society".
 
Longtime member Jack Jonza considers her to be the most beneficial influence on Guatemalan philately, due to the merit of her scholarship, her wide-ranging contributions to the Society, and her spirited and generous advice to all philatelists.
 
Michael Barie, past-President and current ISGC Historian, remembers Cécile for "Her multi-lingual ability; her outstanding grasp of Guatemalan philately; her work ethic both as a researcher and an editor, and her humane, friendly manner towards everyone with whom she had contact."
 
Cécile’s accomplishments and contributions to the Society were extensive, including serving as President (1991–1995) and Editor of El Quetzal (1991-2012). She authored, edited and co-authored many scholarly works published by the ISGC. Perhaps her most significant work was The Postal Markings of Guatemala (2004).
 
I will miss Cécile, but find myself very fortunate to have known her, and I am sure that I speak for all who encountered this special person. A more extensive tribute and listing of her accomplishments may be found on the Society’s website. We will remember her with respect and fondness.
 
Jaime Marckwordt