Saturday, January 29, 2022

In Memory of Pierre Guesnon

It is with profound sadness that we share that Pierre Guesnon passed away after a valiant struggle with cancer on Thursday, December 27, 2018. Aged 85, Pierre died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Brooklyn, New York on April 26, 1933, Pierre attended Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, graduating in 1950. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York, graduating in 1954. At RPI, Pierre was very active in student life and served as the Editor of the Yearbook, VP of the Student Body Executive Committee, Historian of Phalanx Senior Honor Society, and was a member of Theta Chi fraternity, along with many other campus organizations.

During his long and successful engineering career, Pierre designed air flow systems for commercial buildings in Boston, including the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Museum of Fine Arts. He served two terms as President of the Boston Acoustical Society. Pierre loved to travel, and took a five-year hiatus in the middle of his career to travel, visiting and living in countries all over the world. It was during this trip, in London, that he met his wife Margaret, from Sydney, Australia. They were married in Sydney in 1967. With Margaret, Pierre continued to travel extensively for the rest of his life and visited over 150 countries.

Pierre had an insatiable curiosity, encyclopedic knowledge of countless topics, and was never without his “reading materials.” He was a man who never wasted a moment. His steady, kind, good-natured and exceedingly pragmatic presence will be deeply missed by those he left behind.

Pierre is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Margaret; and his two daughters and five grandchildren: Roxanne Guesnon (Daniel Suggit), and children Renée, Nicolas and Julian; and Monique Kandel (Kristopher Kandel), and children Athena and Alexander. His parents Florence (MacFarland) and Peter Guesno predeceased him.

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