Our friend Jean-Jacques
We sadly regret to announce the passing Jean-Jacques Archambault who has left us on December 23, 2001 at the age of 82. He had stayed on to fulfill his duties at the council meetings to the point of exhaustion.
The few people who have met him in the surrounding of our activities never doubted the quality of the man. In 1944, Jean-Jacques had received a diploma of École polytechnique in Montréal, and very soon afterwards he became interested in the great electrical Networks on Ontario and the United States. Subsequently, he had made a career of it at the Hydro-Québec from 1947 to 1983.
During this period, he had become a fellow lecturer of the Polytechnique from (1959 to 1964), and had spoken at the Mohammadia College of engineering in Rabat, Morocco. He had been a coordinator of a laboratory project in Madrid from (1972 and 1973) and also a consultant in Brazil and in Colombia during the seventies.
The professional action of Jean-Jacques among a team of researchers that he had led at the Hydro-Québec has produced great results of which will profit the future generations of the Québec people. Jean-Jacques had developed the line of transport of 735 kV that ran from Manic II to Lévis. This line that had been inaugurated on September 21, 1965 has left to envision all of the hydroelectric potential of North-Québec.
The association of the technologists of Québec hasqualified this realization as an “innovation of the century”, and their members have gathered to honor Jean-Jacques on March 6, 2001. Regardless of his failing health he had gone to Québec City for the occasion, and thus spoken of the challenge that he had encountered.
“We have considerable changes to make. At the present we only have but lines of 315 kV. However, a considerable Hydro-Québec potential must spread to further distances throughout Québec, which should also include Manicouagan, James Bay, and Churchill Falls. We must be able to arrive to transport blocks of 5,000 megawatts of energy that will stretch from over there to very long distances. It will take a system of transport very innovatory to accomplish this project”.
His retirement had opened a privileged period of activities for a man like him. We had found him on a voluntary help mission, and then he had traveled to different countries throughout the world with his spouse Denyse who had been a lawyer in the office of the Protecteur du citoyen.
Father of Yves and Marie-France, grandfather of Collin, Thierry, and Marianne, he had showed a great interest in the Archambault d’Amérique who has benefited from his help.
We can associate with the great pain that the close relatives are suffering. We will cherish of Jean-Jacques the souvenir of a simple and generous man.
Pierre Archambault, Dictionnaire généalogique des Archambault d’Amérique, vol. 6, p. 197-198.
Le Soleil, 7 mars 2001, p. A21.
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