Leon Balian
Catalogue Producer, Master of Minutiae


The Egypt Study Circle is very saddened to have to bring you the news that Leon Balian, author of two defining Egypt catalogues and master of minutiae, passed away peacefully at his home in Canada on Friday, March 14 2019.

Leon, who was 87, is survived by his wife, Magda Genawi-Balian, her daughter May, son Rafik and five grandchildren, Christophe, Alexandra, Liam, Adam and Faye. He leaves dozens of friends and former colleagues scattered around the world and notably in Cairo where he was president of Swissair, for which he worked for 37 years.

He was a judge with the Philatelic Club of Canada, with numismatics another of his passions.

We will be including a tribute to him in our June QC.

A true gentleman.


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