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Henri A. Termeer

Marblehead, Massachusetts

Feb 28, 1946 – May 12, 2017 (Age 71)


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Joyce Funeral Home Obituary

Henri A. Termeer, former Chairman, President and CEO of Genzyme Corporation for nearly three decades, died suddenly on Friday night, May 12, 2017. He was 71 years old. Henri Termeer believed you could change the world and he did so for many people suffering from devastating diseases. He often...

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Dearest Belinda ~
As I have been living out of country for several years and fallen out of any loops...just today, I learned of Henri's passing.
So many feelings all at once...shock, deep sorrow, regret for loosing touch and profound gratitude for the most incredible experience, privilege and honor for having met, served and been influenced by such an individual as Henri.
Both he...and you and each person in your families touched and left a changing elemental mark on my...

Henri hired me from Pittsburgh to be his assistant...brought me to Boston to associate with all of the Genzyme Compatriots...they were wonderful people..our small org became a huge one with HAT commandeering...thank you Henri, rest in peace! ( It was so nice knowing you)

Belinda and family,

My heart goes out to you. Henri wasn't supposed to die in my mind but to carry on and create more and more solutions for our medical problems. I remember fondly working with him on the Boston Museum of Science corporate project. He was brilliant. And, he has been supportive of my career. You can count on me for support. Know he made a huge difference in my life, the world of life science, and Boston and the world. Blessings to you.

I am sorry....

I did not know Mr. Termeer personally, but I came to know him through Deborah Daw Heffernan's book "An Arrow Through the Heart". I admired him so much for what I read about him. I am so sorry to hear that he has passed away. After reading many of the comments on this site, I see that he was a hero to many, many people. Even though I never met him, I am proud to have shared the earth during the time that he was here. My prayers for all of you.

Belinda - Christine and I send our heartfelt sympathy - you and your family are in our prayers

Dearest Belinda
So very sorry for your loss, Sean & I are sending our love & sympathy in this tough and shocking time for you. Your lovely daughter is just beautiful, and a tribute to you & Henri! All my love to you both! Christine

Dear Belinda, I was so sorry to hear about your loss. I just wanted you to know I thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Psalm 147:3 says "He (God) heals the broken hearted and he binds up their wounds " I pray that the "God of all comfort" will help you to endure and bring you a measure of measure of peace.

Commercial Wharf will miss Henri. His service on the Board lead to one of the most aggressive and successful improvement and maintenance projects the Association has ever undertaken. His love of the harbor and his unit were unwavering even after building his beautiful home in Marblehead. I am thankful I was able to run into him in the parking lot shortly before his passing. Rest in peace, Henri.

I am honored and blessed to have known Henri. Tim Conner, Darden '73