Date Published: 25 October 2007
UNICEF mourns passing of Eve Curie Labouisse, daughter of Marie Curie
UNICEF is saddened to learn of the death of Eve Curie Labouisse on Monday, 22 October.
Mrs. Labouisse was 102 at the time of her death. She was the widow of former Executive Director of UNICEF Henry Labouisse, who passed away in 1987. Henry Labouisse accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of UNICEF in 1965.
Mrs. Labouisse was a journalist and a humanitarian, and was also well-known for her biography of her mother, the Nobel Prize-winning scientist Marie Curie. Born in Paris in 1904, she was hailed as an accomplished pianist at a young age and performed across Europe. During the Second World War she reported from various fronts as a war correspondent. In later years she worked as an advisor to the Secretary General of NATO, published the evening newspaper ‘Paris Presse’ and wrote features for the ‘International Herald Tribune’.
In 1954 she married Henry R. Labouisse, a UN diplomat who became UNICEF’s Executive Director in 1965 - a position he held for 15 years until 1979. During this time, Eve Labouisse was known as the ‘First Lady of UNICEF’ and travelled to many of the more than 100 developing countries that were receiving UNICEF assistance at that time.
“ Mrs. Labouisse was a talented professional woman who used her many skills to promote peace and development. While her husband headed UNICEF, she played a very active role in the organization, traveling with him to advocate for children and to provide support and encouragement to UNICEF staff in remote and difficult locations,” said UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said.
“ Her energy and her commitment to the betterment of the world should serve as an inspiration to us all.”
Mrs. Labouisse remained an honorary board member of the US Fund for UNICEF until her death.
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