Jean-Jacques “Jacky” Peters (1941-2012)

On January 22, 2012 we lost a friend, a colleague, a great professional with a constant and real passion for river hydraulics and a vocation to transfer his knowledge, and his passion to younger generations: Jean Jacques 'Jacky' Peters passed away. Jacky was a great engineer, he was a civil engineer but he belonged to the ' chosen few' who intuitively understand "how the water flows", while knowing perfectly hydraulics, its hypotheses, its theories and its laws and also history. From this point of view he was an exception because he was not only able to say "no, I disagree with the results of this world-wide recognised and most elaborate numerical simulation model, because water in this estuary does not flow in this way and the sediments do not behave that way". 
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Stefaan Ides
07/03/2012 
I was very saddened and touched by the news that Jacky had passed away. He truly was a great engineer being able to understand how nature works due to his great experience with rivers and estuaries from all over the world. It is a pity for the scientific community that he was not given the time to write down all of his knowledge. 
I was lucky to meet Jacky at the university a long time ago, where he was teaching us courses on river hydraulics and morphology. His lectures were not at all “traditional university courses”: instead of starting from the theory, he tried to teach us hydraulics starting from real world case studies. Moreover he judged that his duty as a university professor didn’t stop at the scientific fundamentals. He also involved politics as well as ethics in his lectures, because he knew from his own experience how important those aspects are for a professional engineer. I will never forget his inexhaustible enthusiasm while teaching... 
In my professional career I had the luck being able to work together with Jacky many times, especially on the Scheldt estuary. Looking for a way to improve the morphology of the Scheldt estuary, he was not afraid of criticizing the traditional disposal strategy and proposing a completely new, innovative strategy based on his experience of this estuarine system. It took him many years to convince the scientific and governmental community of his ideas, let alone the tons of criticism and opposition he encountered during this process. Nowadays Jacky’s disposal strategy is successfully being implemented in the Scheldt estuary. Again I was astonished by the inexhaustible enthusiasm and energy which he showed during this long process... 
Since I met Jacky at the university, he has become a mentor to me. But above all he has become a real friend to me, who I will miss sincerely. I wish to express my deepest condolences to Jacky’s life companion, Monique, as well as to his children and family.
 
Jean CUNGE 
29/02/2012 
On January 22, 2012 we lost a friend, a colleague, a great professional with a constant and real passion for river hydraulics and a vocation to transfer his knowledge, and his passion to younger generations: Jean Jacques 'Jacky' Peters passed away. Jacky was a great engineer, he was a civil engineer but he belonged to the ' chosen few' who intuitively understand "how the water flows", while knowing perfectly hydraulics, its hypotheses, its theories and its laws and also history. 
From this point of view he was an exception because he was not only able to say "no, I disagree with the results of this world-wide recognised and most elaborate numerical simulation model, because water in this estuary does not flow in this way and the sediments do not behave that way".