Daniel Marchac has been awarded the Legion d’Hon-
neur. As a friend, I am absolutely delighted, and it is cer-
tainly an honor well deserved. It is almost unnecessary
to recount why this is deserved, certainly to his contem-
poraries and trainees. However, some may be less aware
of what he has contributed to our specialty.
Daniel was one of Paul Tessier’s first assistants. He
absorbed the master’s work and philosophy. Subsequent-
ly he became one of the leaders in the second wave of
craniofacial surgeons. With his neurosurgeon and friend,
Paul Renier, he developed many new techniques for the
treatment of craniofacial deformity of all kinds. In addi-
tion to this, he is an accomplished aesthetic surgeon and
has published prolifically in both areas.
Possibly, however, his greatest accomplishment is the
role he played in the establishment of the European As-
sociation of Plastic Surgeons (EURAPS). He worked
tirelessly to achieve this. I believe at that time he was re-
alizing a dream he had had for many years.
He has many other attributes and has received many
other well-deserved, distinguished, national and interna-
tional awards. However, this is the pinnacle.
I join with the European Journal of Plastic Surgery
and all of its subscribers in congratulating Daniel on re-
ceiving this ultimate honor from his own country.
For myself, I have known Daniel since we were train-
ees. We have traveled together, argued emotionally about
craniofacial surgery, and enjoyed a great deal of food
and wine. I have always admired him as a surgeon and as
It is with great pleasure that I have written this small
tribute to him.
I.T. Jackson (
Eur J Plast Surg (2002) 25:65
Ian T. Jackson
Published online: 24 May 2002
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