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Obituary: Olivier Reverdin, Greek scholar and former Rolex chairman
June 21, 2000
GENEVA (AP) - Olivier Reverdin, former chairman of Rolex watches and a Greek scholar, has died, the company said Tuesday. He was 86.
Reverdin died Friday, a family announcement said. The cause of death was undisclosed.
Reverdin was parliamentary editor for the daily Journal de Geneve from 1945 to 1954. He then was elected as delegate to the Swiss parliament, where he served until 1979.
He became managing editor and chairman of the newspaper, which has since merged into the daily Le Temps.
Reverdin was chairman of Montres Rolex SA for 20 years starting in 1973.
An honorary fellow of the Academy of Athens and a professor of ancient Greek literature at the University of Geneva, he is recognized for his thesis on religion in Plato's ideal city.
He also was chairman of the Swiss government's National Science Foundation, which sponsors a wide range of research projects.
Reverdin is survived by his wife, Renee Chaponniere Reverdin, two sons and a daughter.
The funeral was scheduled for Tuesday in St. Peter's Cathedral in Geneva.