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Bernard Nachbur

Bernhard Nachbur has died at the age of 95. He was a

vascular and thoracic surgeon at University Hospital of Bern,

Switzerland. He was founder and member of numerous

vascular societies in Europe and overseas. Bernhard Nachbur

was a man of high ethical convictions, a personality

with the gift for preserving the good from the traditional

without closing his mind to the better from the present, and

keeping his intellectual curiosity for potential future improvements.

One of the cornerstones of his success was his

conscientious medical practice and well founded medical

expertise. He embodied the ideal image of a responsible

doctor, characterised by an unrelenting high level of personal

commitment and a clear attitude. Modesty was one

of the principal characteristics of his humanity while

treating patients or teaching surgeons.

He was appointed Chief Physician and Vice Director of

the Clinic for Thoracic, Cardiovascular and Vascular Surgery

at University Hospital of Bern. As one of the real pioneers in

vascular surgery, he was cofounder – and later honorary

president – of the Swiss Society for Vascular Surgery in

1987. He was also involved in the founding process of the

European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS), being then

the first chairman of the European Board of Surgery Qualifications

in Vascular Surgery (EBSQ-VASC) exam committee

and he continued to remain deeply committed to this society

even beyond his retirement. We all remember Bernie,

as we called him, as a hearty and warm person with interests

not only in the fate of his patients but also in the

persons he worked with and met in the global vascular

community. He was a great supporter of young talented

trainees in surgery, not only teaching them skills but promoting

their scientific activities and demonstrating values

and attitudes as a surgeon, a scientist, or as a superior. His

great sense of humour made every meeting an enjoyable

event. We will miss him and honour him for his great

contribution to the wellbeing of vascular disease patients.

He was a founding member of AIVS and continued to come

to our meetings well into his retirement

Jürg Schmidli*

Department of Vascular Surgery, Bern University Hospital, Bern, Switzerland

Markus Furrer

Surgical Department, Kantonsspital Graubünden, Chur, Switzerland

*Corresponding author. Department of Vascular Surgery, Bern University

Hospital, Bern, Switzerland.