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In memory to David W. Kirtley

CDI ISM inst2359 at eurobretagne.fr
Mon Sep 22 02:47:06 EST 1997

I heard of the death of David from Mary Petersen. I was absent during
these previous months. I am very disturbed by this event, because we were
doing together a new paper about Sabellariids, this work will be
published with his name, of course. 

I have known David from 1991 for the description of the new genus
Bathysabellaria from New Caledonia, since this year we have never stopped
our correspondence. 

After the 4th International Polychaete Conference in Angers, in 1992,
David came to Dinard (France) during several days with his wife and his
son. His sense of humour, his joviality, combined with his professionalism
made of David a very great personage. His colossal work about
Sabellariidae is very noteworthy. During this time we have worked together
on a new species of Bathysabellaria published in 1996, this work being
followed by an other new publication about bathyal and abyssal new species
from New Caledonia, so being ready soon. 

I want to finish this note in memory of David. I would like to finish with
a word with which David gave to me his regards in each fax , this word is
"KENAVO", it is a Breton word for "Good bye..soon.". I say to you, David,
Kenavo !

Dr jean-Paul Lechapt
Marine laboratory of Dinard
contact : inst2359 at eurobretagne.fr

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