Jean Joachim Deleage Jun. 23rd, 1940 - Mar. 16th, 2011 Jean was born in Charlieu, France at the break of World War 2. An only child, whose father Andre Deleage joined the resistance and was killed in 1944, Jean was dutifully raised by his mother Marguerite. Jean received a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from the cole Suprieure d'Electricit and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Sorbonne. He was sent by his firm to the U.S. in 1976 initially for a two year period. He lived briefly in Boston before moving permanently to San Francisco where he eventually was a co-founder of Burr, Egan Deleage & Co. and later Alta Partners. He became one of the pre-eminent venture capital investors in the field of life sciences not only in Silicon Valley but internationally. His life was full of accomplishments, including helping to launch ground breaking companies such as Genentech, Chiron and more recently Plexxikon. He acquired vast knowledge and experience in the field and he in turn helped a great many others in their careers. The recipient of many awards including the L'Ordre National du Merit, Legion of Honors and National Venture Capital Association Lifetime Achievement Award. Jean was a passionate traveler, visiting close to 100 different countries. He loved culture especially collecting art, attending the symphony, theatre and opera. He was an avid sports fan, particularly soccer and attended 8 World Cups. Jean placed a high importance on his family, providing them with a rich multi-cultural upbringing. Jean is survived by his wife, Josette, four sons Andre, Emmanuel, Philippe and Michel and nine grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at Notre Dame des Victoires Church, 566 Bush St in San Francisco on Monday, March 21.st Viewing will be at 9 AM, Mass at 10 AM, followed by a memorial at the Westin St. Francis, 335 Powell St, at 11 AM.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 20, 2011