Saturday, October 4, 2014

compgeom-announce posting

[message of Oct 3 to compgeom-announce letting the community know of our loss]

It is with a heavy heart that the international computational geometry
community bids farewell to our dear friend and colleague, Ferran
Hurtado, who suddenly passed away yesterday (Oct 2).

Ferran gave of himself as a teacher, a mentor, a scholar, a colleague,
a leader, a husband, a father, and as a kind and ever generous friend,
to all who had the distinct pleasure of knowing him.

The CG community celebrated Ferran's contributions at the EGC
Ferran-fest in June, 2011.  In the photos of the joyous occasion we
are reminded of Ferran's influence on us all, and his infectious
kindness.

Pictures taken during the meeting:
  https://picasaweb.google.com/103245505595528325592/XIVSpanishMeetingOnComputationalGeometry?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCNP08PSksI-ARg&feat=directlink
Presentation, mainly with pictures of the album offered as present to Ferran:
  https://picasaweb.google.com/103245505595528325592/AlbumFerranPresentation?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCKXNqp2e1oHxLA&feat=directlink
Some videos of the social dinner:
  https://picasaweb.google.com/103245505595528325592/VideosDinner?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCI7jn5_ao8Hw7AE&feat=directlink

Ferran was recently included in the "Tree of Mathematics", an
initiative of the Spanish Mathematical Society to "publish the
profiles of scientific Latin American personalities, including Spain
and Portugal, known for their research in mathematics or relevance in
the use of mathematics (in science, technology, economics, ...), by
their high creativity and influence, and their ability to inspire
younger generations."  See http://www.arbolmat.com/ferran-hurtado/

The Spanish Mathematical Society has sent out an announcement of
Ferran's death and has placed it in its home page (in Spanish):
http://www.rsme.es/
http://www.rsme.es/content/view/1607/1/

The Catalan Mathematical Society has also sent out its own
announcement in Catalan:
Benvolguts socis,
Us hem de comunicar la trista notícia de la mort del professor Ferran
Hurtado, catedràtic de matemàtiques de la UPC, expert internacional
molt destacat en Geometria Computacional, soci de la SCM i company
molt admirat i estimat a tota la nostra comunitat matemàtica, tant a
la universitat com a l'ensenyament secundari, on va començar la seva
carrera professional.
Que descansi en pau.

Societat Catalana de Matemàtiques
C. Carme 47, 08001 Barcelona
scm@iec.cat

The colleagues at UPC have also published a note in "La Vanguardia"
which is the most important newspaper in town. This is the on-line
version (in Catalan):
http://enmemoria.lavanguardia.com/39240727-fallecimiento-ferran-hurtado-diaz


The funeral will be on Sunday morning (Oct 5, 11:30 local time)

We welcome members of the community to share their thoughts and
remembrances at a blog set up for this purpose:

http://ferranhurtado.blogspot.com/

We cherish our memories and will always hold you in our thoughts.
¡Muchas gracias Ferran!

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