Colleagues and friends were deeply saddened to learn of Robin Letellier's sudden passing from a stroke on April 20, 2007.
Robin Letellier, highly regarded for his professional skill, was well known internationally for his work in the field of recording and documentation of cultural places, carried out first at Parks Canada and later as an independent consultant. Letellier was further engaged in this area through his involvement with cipa Heritage Documentation, where he served first as secretary and then as vice president. In addition, he was an integral part of the GCI/ICOMOS/CIPA RecorDIM (Recording, Documentation, and Information Management) International Initiative, which he coordinated from its inception in 2002. He was completing a book this year on heritage recording and documentation, which will soon be published by the GCI. Following the ICOMOS Fourteenth General Assembly and Scientific Symposium in 2003, Letellier was actively involved in the work that brought about the creation of the ICOMOS Scientific Council.
He was best described by his friends and professional colleagues as a person with a great sense of humor, a visionary, and a passionate and dedicated professional who lived life to the fullest.
At the time of his death, Letellier was at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia to teach a class at the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation in the School of Design. He had just come from Tunisia, where he had been among the instructors in "The Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites in Tunisia" workshop coorganized by the GCI and Tunisia's Institut National du Patrimoine. Letellier was first and foremost a teacher, and he died teaching.
The GCI expresses its condolences to Letellier's wife Céline and to his children, Chanterelle and Antoine.