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Geoff Read g.read at niwa.co.nz
Sun Jan 11 15:31:20 EST 2004

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Date sent:      	Thu, 8 Jan 2004 13:38:06 +0100
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From:           	Gérard BELLAN <gbellan at com.univ-mrs.fr>
Subject:        	Marian

It is in 1967, and during a journey to Europe, Doctor Marian PETTIBONE wished 
to visit my Institution and see my Polychaete collection. When I displayed it, 
I understood immediately that she considered that I had a very strange way of 
preserving my Polychaetes! She had the generosity not to reveal this too much 
and it appeared to me that she understood my reasons for doing so. Finally, we 
spent two informal days together with my family.   

In June 1968, before going with my wife, Denise Bellan-Santini, to Don Reish's 
lab for a long toxicology stay, Marian received us at the Smithsonian. She 
made it possible for us to visit the collections, introduced Denise to Jerry 
Barnard, the Pope of Amphipoda, arranged that we could meet some specialists 
of deep-sea fouling and that Denise could give a Seminar at the Smithsonian on 
this subject! Marian took us to visit the best Museums along the Mall and she 
invited us to dinner in a French restaurant so that we could keep a little bit 
in touch with our Country!    

Later, in the 70's, accompanied by our daughter Gaelle, we had the pleasure of 
meeting Marian again during short stays, mostly for tourism, in Washington. 
Gaelle remembers with great pleasure Marian's graciousness to her. Of course, 
we had the pleasure of meeting Marian during Polychaete Conferences, 
especially in Long Beach. Our last encounter was in April 1992. Denise and I 
were in Washington for the Celebration of the late Dr Jerry L. Barnard, where 
we had met in this same place 23 years earlier! Don Reish had brought back the 
Jerry/Californian period. I got the opportunity to discuss with Marian about 
some problems with Ophelia. She had clarified the synonymy of O. denticulata 
and O. neglecta, two "good" species and she wished that Tom Perkins associate 
me with his studies on some Ophelia from Florida.    

I have had the privilege of meeting two great Dames of Polychaetology, Olga 
Hartman and Marian Pettibone. Grâce leur soit rendue, but today, at least, I 
allow myself to have a thought full of respectful affection for Marian. Adieu, 
Marian !    

Gérard Bellan   

Dr. Gerard BELLAN
Directeur de recherche Emerite au CNRS
Centre d'Oceanologie de Marseille
Station marine d'Endoume
rue Batterie des Lions
13007 MARSEILLE (France)
tel.: +33 (0) 4 91 04 16 12
Fax:  +33 (0) 4 91 04 16 35
e-Mail: gbellan at com.univ-mrs.fr

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