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John (Jack) William

Resident of Boston, MA formerly of San Mateo, CA passed away on February 14, 2014 while visiting his family in San Mateo.

Jack is survived by his loving wife Brigitte Poncelet-Belliveau and his cherished daughter Amélie Marie Jacqueline Belliveau.  Jack was preceded in death by his parents Mary (Keane) Belliveau and Norman A. Belliveau, also by his beloved uncles Robert F. Keane and John J. Keane, and by his very dear cousin James (Jimmy) Keane.  He is survived by his loving uncle Monsignor James Keane, along with his in-laws Jean-Marie, Nicole, Marc and Danielle Poncelet and nieces and nephews Nicolas, Adrien and Lhouna. Also survived by many loving relatives in the United States, Ireland, Canada and England.

Born in San Mateo, CA in 1959, Jack was a student at Saint Catherine of Siena School in Burlingame, CA and graduated in 1977 from Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley, CA.

Jack received a B.S. (with honors) from California Institute of Technology in 1981. He was a Winston Churchill Scholar at Cambridge University, England in 1981 – 1982.  Jack went on to receive his PhD from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA in 1990.  Up until his death, Jack was a Director of Cognitive Neuroimaging at the A. A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA and a Professor at the Harvard Medical School.

For more than two decades, Jack had been a visionary leader in the field of human brain functional imaging. First president of the Organization of Human Brain Mapping, Jack was a member of numerous scientific organizations and a contributor to many scientific journals. He was also a beloved teacher and mentor to many students and fellows, whose contributions to understanding human health and wellbeing now extend to countries on all continents. The methods he developed are used by hospitals everyday throughout the world, saving lives of patients with strokes, tumors, and other brain diseases.

Jack's passion for exploring the human brain has touched and inspired countless neuroscientists throughout the world. His passion for life and his bright, generous and sweet spirit created dear and strong friendships in every walk of life. His dream of keeping the mind alive forever will live on through all the friends he has made, in the world of neuroscience and beyond.

"Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear."

There will be a Funeral Mass celebrated at St. Matthew's Church, 1 Notre Dame Ave. San Mateo, CA on March 4th at 10:30AM followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma.

Crosby-N. Gray  Co. Funeral Home, 2 Park Rd., Burlingame CA 94010 (650-342-6617)

Donations to Woodside Priory at Mary Keane Belliveau and Jack Belliveau Scholarship Foundation or to


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 2, 2014
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