The famous Belgian historian Jacques Lory passed away on 13 August 2018 at the age of 84, having guided hundreds of students through our country's past over the years.
Born in Brussels on 1 January 1934, Jacques Lory specialised in the political history of contemporary Belgium, particularly the history of education and school policies. The professor emeritus taught primarily at Saint-Louis University in Brussels and the Catholic University of Louvain.
Jacques Lory will be remembered by many as the man who taught future decision-makers how to understand a country whose functioning and reasoning make it both complex and remarkable. He helped to train a number of political commentators, economists, sociologists and communicators. Throughout his career, Jacques Lory always encouraged his students to step out of their comfort zone so they could discover how to analyse a society experiencing problems in finding its place in a world shaken up by evolution.
We will remember him first and foremost as impassioned... impassioned by Belgian history, by the evolution of Belgian society and by extension the evolution of society in its broadest sense.