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Saturday September 21, 2013

LEON, Professor Pierre

Family and friends mourn the passing of Professor Pierre Léon at Mount Sinai Hospital on September 11, 2013. He was born in Ligré, France on March 12, 1926. He is survived by his wife, Monique Léon, his daughter, Françoise Léon and his grand- daughter, Séverine Johnson. A world-renown phonetician, he taught at the Sorbonne, in Paris, the Ecole de préparation des professeurs de français à l'étranger, the Universities of Jerusalem, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, etc. He founded the Experimental Phonetics Laboratory, at the University of Toronto, where he taught for many years. He wrote novels, plays and poetry for which he received many prestigious literary prizes in France and Canada. He is remembered for his active role in the development of the 'francophonie' and the Alliance Française. His charm, wit and generosity will be missed by all. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Alliance Française, on Wednesday September 25th at 24 Spadina Road from 5:30 pm onwards.

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