- Dedication:Robin Letellier (1944-2007)
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Robin Letellier passed away in Philadelphia on April 20, 2007. He graduated in architecture in 1969 from Laval University in Quebec City, Canada. One of his first jobs was to prepare the as-found drawings of the Dauphine Redoubt, an early-eighteenth-century masonry building built by the French in Quebec City. From that day on, he continued to be passionate about recording and documentation and went on to become one of the leaders in this field not only in Canada, but internationally. His career blossomed during the more than thirty years he spent working for Canadian government agencies responsible for the conservation of National Historic Sites.
During that time Robin was also enthusiastically involved in international activities through the ICOMOS-CIPA Heritage Documentation international specialized committee. In those days, though Robin was a young professional, he was considered to have avant-garde ideas about heritage recording. He was a pioneer in Canada and internationally in the development and application of stereophotogrammetry and laser scanning as well as social programs such as "Family Album," a children awareness program for documenting their families' histories. Early on he was of the opinion that recording specialists—"the providers"—were not connected enough to "the users" of documentation products and services. He dedicated the later part of his life to the RecorDIM Initiative (Recording, Documentation, and Information Management) that brought together many of the world's leading specialists and produced a number of innovative tools and applications contributing to the advancement of the field. During his time at the University of Pennsylvania, Robin and then program chairman Frank Matero discussed plans to convene an international symposium dedicated to exploring contemporary practices of heritage recording and documentation. That symposium and the papers selected for publication are dedicated to Robin Letellier and his steadfast vision. [End Page 167]
François LeBlanc is a specialist in heritage conservation. A graduate in architecture from Montreal University, LeBlanc specialized in heritage conservation at the University of York in England and in Ottawa, Canada. From 2001 to 2007, he was head of field projects at the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles, directing projects in more than twenty-five countries. He is the former chief architect of the National Capital Commission in Ottawa (1992-2001); he was vice president of the Heritage Canada Foundation (1983-92), director of the International Council on Monuments and Sites' Secretariat in Paris (1979-83); chief architect of historic sites from the French period at Parks Canada in Ottawa (1971-75) and Quebec City (1975-79). He has served on the executive board of ICOMOS and as president of ICOMOS Canada. He has also served on the board of the Association for Preservation Technology International (APTI) and was inducted into the APT College of Fellows in 2003.