Dr. Sherif Wissa


Dear Sir,

On behalf of the ISSMGE (International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering) and all our colleagues, I would like to convey to yourself and to all your family and friends our condolences and deepest sympathy for the loss of Dr Sherif Wissa.

As President of the ISSMGE, I had the chance to work closely with Sherif when he was Chairing our Professional Image Committee during my mandate (2013-2017). And, naturally, we became friends. It was a true pleasure each time to meet him. The discussions with him were always interesting and fruitful thanks to his wisdom and very high expertise, to his great devotion and to his extremely warm character. We all enjoyed immensely these moments.

We are all very shocked. We will remember Sherif for so many of his qualities. Of course, we think of his great friendship and of all what he brought to the geotechnical profession and to the ISSMGE.

Sherif was a Gentleman in all senses of this word. C’était un Monsieur, dans tous les sens du mot.

Allow me to attach to this e-mail the photo I received from Paul Mayne showing the ISSMGE Board meeting in Seoul (September 2017). I will remember Sherif with this warm smile.

With emotion and deepest sadness,

Immediate Past President of ISSMGE (2013-2017)/
Précédent Président de la SIMSG (2013-2017)
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