Jean Delaire Death, Obituary – On November 30, 2022, Professor Jean Delaire departed this world, and it is with a heavy heart that we have to break the news to you that he has passed away. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may give you and we appreciate your understanding. Please accept our deepest apologies for any trouble or inconvenient this may have caused. It is impossible to emphasize the significance of the contributions that he has made, not only to our field of expertise but also to our Association.
Not only has he contributed to our field, but he has also contributed to our organization. In 1959, he was promoted to the position of Chief of Staff in the Department of Stomatology and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Nantes. This position entailed overall responsibility for the department. Oral and maxillofacial surgery are the primary areas of concentration for this post. He came up with the idea for the gadget that would become known as the protraction facemask in the 1970s. Patients having treatment for mandibular prognathism, a disorder that primarily affects children and adolescents, wore this mask while they were doing their treatment.
The lower jaws of these children had developed at a rate that was disproportionate to the rate at which their upper jaws had evolved. In addition to that, during his time at the educational institution where he worked, he served as a lecturer. Throughout the course of his career, he was responsible for authoring close to eight textbooks in addition to more than three hundred scientific papers. In total, his body of work was over three hundred. Professor Delaire, who had previously served as President of the European Association of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery, acted as the host for the event that took place in Paris.
The 7th European Association of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery Congress was held there. After that, in the year 1996, the EACMFS honored him by granting him the status of Honorary Member of the Society. This was done in recognition of his contributions to the field. This honor was bestowed upon him in acknowledgement of the significant contributions he has made to the industry. During this difficult time, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to his family and we ask that you join us in doing so. Please accept our sincere apologies for the loss you have suffered.