Born in Liege, Belgium, and lived there all his life. His father, brother, and sister were also deaf, from a line of bankers and industrialists. Educated by private tutors, then took a degree in accounting from the Pigier Institute in Liege. Worked for brokerage firm Comptoir Liegoisde Change et d'Emission, 1926 to retirement at age 73, attaining Vice President and Board Controller on the way. Married a deaf Frenchwoman, Gabrielle Villiere. Founding member and first secretary-general of the Comite International des Sports Silenceaux, and continued to hold that post for the next 43 years. Active in other deaf organizations in Belgium; recipient of Belgian national honors and honors from deaf sports organizations. Honorary Doctor of Laws from Gallaudet College, 1971.
CISS Bulletin, no.190, May 1998, p.11.
1 August 1902-13 February 1998