Henri A. Termeer

  • Born: February 28, 1946
  • Died: May 12, 2017
  • Location: Marblehead, Massachusetts

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Message From The Family

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Henri A. Termeer, former Chairman, President and CEO of Genzyme Corporation for nearly three decades, died suddenly on Friday night, May 12, 2017. He was 71 years old.

Henri Termeer believed you could change the world and he did so for many people suffering from devastating diseases. He often said that if we can create medicines to help people, it is our responsibility to do so no matter how complex or difficult the task. Under his leadership, he fulfilled this mission and in doing so grew Genzyme from a modest entrepreneurial venture to one of the world's leading biotechnology companies and a pioneer of some of the first treatments for rare genetic diseases. He is regarded widely as one of the founders of Boston's biotech industry.

Henri was a charismatic visionary with strong humanity and humility. His warmth, humor and optimistic nature could successfully inspire and bring people together. He took the time to talk to patients and their families to understand their needs and challenges, then was a passionate champion of finding medical solutions to help them. Many patients took the time to tell him how grateful they were for all he did to give them a chance to live a better life. In return, he told them how brave and courageous they were, inspiring him and Genzyme employees to work harder and creating a workplace that was centered around patients.

Henri was generous in his support of many colleagues and employees as a mentor and inspiration. He built a strong entrepreneurial culture based on science, innovation on behalf of the patients, and respect for individuals.

Henri was both forward-thinking and reflective. He delighted in telling the many stories of Genzyme – both successes and failures. He was especially proud of the risks taken on behalf of patients and families in the early days of Genzyme. He stayed active in biotech after leaving Genzyme and never lost his love of launching and building companies.

Widely acknowledged for his contributions to the biotechnology industry and health care field, Henri continued to support the next generation of biotech companies and health care leaders. He was generous with his time and sought after for his advice. Scores of biotech leaders consider him their mentor. Henri served on many boards of early-stage biotech companies. His intellect was also sought in the non profit world where he served as a board member of Massachusetts General Hospital, Partners Health Care, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Project HOPE, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PHRMA). He was a member of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston from 2007-2011 and the chairman from 2010-2011. Henri was a long-time supporter of the Biomedical Science Careers Program, which provides minority students with the support and guidance needed for successful careers in biomedical science.

More important to him than all his achievements in industry, were his family. He was a loving and devoted husband and proud father. Henri is survived by his beloved wife, Belinda and their daughter, Adriana, and his son Nicholas and wife Sophie. He was one of 6 children, and was strongly influenced by his compassionate mother. He is also survived by two sisters, Ineke and her husband Jan Wim Taminiau of France; and Marlies Verduijn of the Netherlands; and three brothers, Bert and his wife Els, Paul and his wife Mill, and Roel and wife Karen, all of the Netherlands. He was a beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews and brother-in-law to Belinda's sisters and brothers.

Henri's greatest love in life was for his wife and children. Watching his daughter perform ballet brought him so much joy. He was so proud of the beautiful young woman his daughter Adriana was becoming. Henri relished their deep conversations on world issues and politics and was thrilled when she joined her high school debate team. He took great pride in attending his son Nicholas' college graduation and wedding to Sophie and was so pleased when she became pregnant with twins. Only on Friday, did he learn he would be 'opa' (grandpa) to twin girls.

Henri's passions often involved the ocean – spending time with his family at their home in Maine and sailing on his boat, Tijuba. Family travel adventures took the Termeers to the far corners of the world and on regular trips to Europe to visit family and friends. He was a voracious reader and his library reflected his interest in business and politics.

Belinda and Henri Termeer are recognized throughout greater Boston for their generosity and involvement, together and as individuals, with concerns ranging from the arts, science, health care, education, equal opportunity and human rights. They were active supporters and Board members of WGBH, the Boston Museum of Science, and Boston Ballet.

Henri was born in Tilburg, The Netherlands on February 28, 1946. He studied economics at the Economische Hogeschool (Erasmus University, The Netherlands) and earned an MBA from the Darden Business School at the University of Virginia. Following a 10-year career with Baxter Travenol (now Baxter International), was appointed president of Genzyme in 1983, two years after the company's founding. He became its chief executive officer in 1985 and chairman in 1988. He retired from Genzyme in June 2011 following the acquisition of Genzyme by Sanofi in a transaction valued at more than $20 billion.

Henri affected thousands of people and he succeeded in his mission of leaving this world a better place.

Family and friends will honor and remember Henri's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Friday, May 19th from 3 to 8 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 20th in Kresge Auditorium at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 48 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge at a 11:00 a.m. A reception will follow until 2 pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, May 22nd in Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 85 Atlantic Avenue, Marblehead at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Waterside Cemetery for family only. A reception will follow the Mass at Eastern Yacht Club, 47 Foster Street, Marblehead.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Henri's name may be made to the Henri & Belinda Termeer Center for Targeted Therapies, Mass General Hospital, Attn: Development Office, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114 https://giving.massgeneral.org/termeer or the Boston Ballet, Attn: Mary Sue Brandwein, 19 Clarendon Street, Boston, 02116.


Services


Condolence & Memory Journal

I still miss my dear friend and mentor Henry very much

Posted by Dimitri Krainc - Coworker   May 11, 2022

Dearest Belinda ~
As I have been living out of country for several years and fallen out of any loops...just today, I learned of Henri's passing.
So many feelings all at once...shock, deep sorrow, regret for loosing touch and profound gratitude for the most incredible experience, privilege and honor for having met, served and been influenced by such an individual as Henri.
Both he...and you and each person in your families touched and left a changing elemental mark on my life.
He...and you simply made me want to be a better person.
Please know and feel that you may call upon me at any time for any need that I may fulfill.

With profound respect ~
Diana Duhaime

Posted by Diana Duhaime - Fairlee, VT - acquaintance   May 27, 2018

Henri hired me from Pittsburgh to be his assistant...brought me to Boston to associate with all of the Genzyme Compatriots...they were wonderful people..our small org became a huge one with HAT commandeering...thank you Henri, rest in peace! ( It was so nice knowing you)

Posted by Beth Bodner (Ponte) Cumiskey - Kennebunk, ME - coworker   October 05, 2017

Belinda and family,

My heart goes out to you. Henri wasn't supposed to die in my mind but to carry on and create more and more solutions for our medical problems. I remember fondly working with him on the Boston Museum of Science corporate project. He was brilliant. And, he has been supportive of my career. You can count on me for support. Know he made a huge difference in my life, the world of life science, and Boston and the world. Blessings to you.

I am sorry. I did not become aware of Henri's passing until today. I have been on the West coast engaged in other projects outside of biotech ergo did not have my ear to the ground.

Posted by Helen Maslocka - Newburyport, MA - Friend   September 23, 2017

I did not know Mr. Termeer personally, but I came to know him through Deborah Daw Heffernan's book "An Arrow Through the Heart". I admired him so much for what I read about him. I am so sorry to hear that he has passed away. After reading many of the comments on this site, I see that he was a hero to many, many people. Even though I never met him, I am proud to have shared the earth during the time that he was here. My prayers for all of you.

Posted by Carol Terry - Nashville, TN - Acquaintance   September 21, 2017

Belinda - Christine and I send our heartfelt sympathy - you and your family are in our prayers

Posted by Colette Desmond Fearnley - West Roxbury, MA - Friend   June 26, 2017

Dearest Belinda
So very sorry for your loss, Sean & I are sending our love & sympathy in this tough and shocking time for you. Your lovely daughter is just beautiful, and a tribute to you & Henri! All my love to you both! Christine

Posted by Christine Desmond Cleary - Trim - Friend   June 26, 2017

Dear Belinda, I was so sorry to hear about your loss. I just wanted you to know I thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Psalm 147:3 says "He (God) heals the broken hearted and he binds up their wounds " I pray that the "God of all comfort" will help you to endure and bring you a measure of measure of peace.

Posted by Ida Tenori (Gallegos) - Friend   June 07, 2017

Commercial Wharf will miss Henri. His service on the Board lead to one of the most aggressive and successful improvement and maintenance projects the Association has ever undertaken. His love of the harbor and his unit were unwavering even after building his beautiful home in Marblehead. I am thankful I was able to run into him in the parking lot shortly before his passing. Rest in peace, Henri.

Posted by Tom Tillotson - Boston, MA - neighbor   June 07, 2017

I am honored and blessed to have known Henri. Tim Conner, Darden '73

Posted by Tim Conner - Houston, TX   June 02, 2017

Dear Belinda,

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of loss. It was so nice to have all the memories of Henri at the wake and the celebration of life services; he was such a force of good in this world. And so many came by to share even more thoughts of times past.
For you, I remember Henri coming to the IG 30th as your "plus one"; it was so good to catch up with you both there in and I will forever think of him dancing with you.
God bless,
Kathy

Posted by Kathy Hehir - Grafton, MA - Coworker   May 30, 2017

Belinda and Family,

I worked with Henri at Baxter when we both lived in Los Angeles. That was over 35 years ago, when we were young. It was obvious to me that Henri had a bright future in the business world. His move to Genzyme was all he needed to realize his potential. I had dinner with Henri more than once at his home in Los Angeles. He was a gracious host and a kind and compassionate man.

While we have not stayed in touch over the years, I have continued to follow him via the Internet. I decided to check today on what adventure he was now engaged. The very last thing I expected was to read Henri's obituary. What a shock!

Please accept my heart felt condolences. Herni's death was far too early and will leave a hole in me and many, many people he touched through out his life. He was an inspiration.

Mike Harris - Friend and Coworker

Posted by Mike Harris - St. Charles, MO - Coworker   May 25, 2017

My late son Steve Morgan was married to a Genzyme employee. When Steve died unexpectedly of a heart attack at age 34 leaving his wife Michelle, three children and a small business, Mr. Termeer kindly took the time to come to Milford to attend the calling hours. We were so appreciative of the generosity of time and effort that Mr. Termeer gave to all of us, family, co-workers, neighbors, friends, classmates and all who knew and loved Steve. Thank you to one who understood the bonds of community. Mr. Temeer's leadership and goodness will live on in the lives of those he has helped.

Posted by Susan Taylor - Natick, MA - Acquaintance   May 23, 2017

I hardly knew YOU Henri, but the YOU I knew was a kind, gentle, and caring man. Your passing leaves the world of medical research a tall order to continue your work, but your legacy will carry on for decades. Your 71 years were well spent, rest in peace.

Posted by Kenneth Buechs - Biddeford, ME - Neighbor   May 23, 2017

There are simply no words that can adequately convey our deep and abiding sorrow for your loss, and frankly for all those who
knew Henri. His passion for those in need and for the promise of humankind's tomorrow-in the arts, political leadership, and the beautification of the world leave such an overwhelming void. However, in Belinda, Nicholas, Sophie, and Adriana, Henri leaves a profound legacy and one that will not diminish his ambitious and hopeful agenda. We pray that they find solace and pride in his memory and in the firm conviction that he leaves in them a strong and vibrant force for continuing his vision through them. May G-d offer them peace and continued strength to carry on his mission.

Posted by Francene and Todd Kanter - Marblehead, MA - Friend   May 22, 2017

Dear Belinda,
I was fortunate to have worked almost 10 years for Genzyme under the leadership of Henri, first in Europe and then in Cambridge. I have so many memories, so many stories, I feel privileged to have worked for him and will never forget all I have learned from him. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Heidi

Posted by heidi de wit - atlanta, GA - Coworker   May 21, 2017

Dear Belinda and family
Our life Changed since we met Henry, he saved the life of our son.
He always will be in our hearts.
Good bless you

Posted by Herbert and Tania Levy - Brasil - Rio de Janeiro - Acquaintance   May 21, 2017

To Henri and his family,

Henri and Genzyme were critical in the transformation of biologics for rare diseases from lab experiments into real therapies for people. The bold experiment that was Ceredase was more important than the orphan drug act in fostering the investment in rare and ultra-rare disease therapies with so many approved today. My early years on Aldurazyme would have led to nothing if Ceredase and Cerezyme had not been so successful, and those bold experiments led to the ability to develop and achieve approval for Aldurazyme, Fabrazyme, Myozyme, Naglazyme, Vimizim, Brineura, and so many others. None of this would have existed were Henri not bold enough to take on making 1 metric ton of placentas into a dose of Ceredase. Henri is certainly the father of the rare disease drug industry now with so many companies and so many unknown disease being approached by so many strategies, in the golden era of rare disease treatment development. Thank you Henri for setting the right course on the nobel cause of transforming science to medicine for rare diseases. We are forever endebted and thankful for your vision.

Emil D. Kakkis

Posted by Emil Kakkis - Novato, CA - Acquaintance   May 20, 2017

Those of us who have spent much of our careers in the biotech field consider Henri as one of our leaders, in fact the leader in the Boston area.

Henri, like Bob Swanson of Genentech, have been taken from us to soon.

Posted by Don Hudson - Marion, MA - Friend   May 20, 2017

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Belinda - So sorry, my dear friend. Life is fragile and beyond our understanding however trust that Henri will continue to be a positive force on this Earth for all his good deeds. You have been a gentle woman always and dedicated wife to Henri. May his legacy and your good memories bring some consolation and peace to you, Adriana, Nicholas and family. God Bless you.

Posted by Nancy and Paul Capalucci Antonio - Framingham, MA - friend   May 20, 2017

Candle

Dear Belinda and family,
Myself and my family are deeply saddened by the lose of Henri. He was an amazing man and generous spirit. You may not know this but Henri saved the life of my daughter in law, Maureen Nguyen (Fitz-Gerald), a Genzyme employee. It's a very long story but Henri personally provided health insurance for Maureen while she awaited a heart transplant. She is alive today because of his generosity. I also served as an Overseer for the Boston Ballet for 7 years and I'm personally aware of his contribution to Boston's Ballet Company. With emmense gratitude and love.
Victoria L. Fitz-Gerald and family

Posted by Victoria Fitz-Gerald - Swampscott, MA - Acquaintance   May 19, 2017

Ms. Belinda

I am an MIT employee and work for Charles Cooney, and always heard great words about Mr. Termeer.It is a great loss.

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Rosangela dos Santos
MIT

Posted by Rosangela dos Santos - Cambridge, MA   May 19, 2017

Dear Termeer Family,

I had the pleasure of meeting Henri when we represented opposite sides of a biotech commercialization deal. He brought vision, fairness and creativity to every negotiation. Later, I asked him to join the Board of Directors of an early stage biotech company. Despite being a very busy man, he accepted in the spirit of making a contribution to good science and patients in need. Over many years, Henri was the consumate professional and gentleman. I thank him for all he has done and admire how well he did it. A great loss for family, friends, coworkers, scientists and patients.

With deepest sympathy, John Fletcher

Posted by John Fletcher - Boston, MA - Coworker   May 19, 2017

Belinda and family, my most sincere condolences for your loss. My heart and prayers are with you at this time. I have the fondest of memories of working with you both at Genzyme in the early days. He was an inspirational leader. In sympathy...

Posted by Silvia Santos (Hernandez) - Concord, MA - Coworker   May 19, 2017

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Dear Henri,
It is so hard to say good bye to you. I thought I would write this letter that I would have loved you to read if I had the magic to reverse time and space.
I would like you to know that the three virtues I learned from you were: generosity, authenticity and grit.
But what you really showed me is that if you want to live by these virtues you need resilience.
You need resilience to stay generous on the days when you lose faith in humanity.
You need resilience to stay true to yourself on the days when others lose faith in you. And you need resilience to persevere on the days when you lose faith in yourself.
Thank you for believing in me, if you were here I would call you to tell you that we have now treated five patients in the clinical trial. Five patients!!!! Success!!! And I would have loved to hear from you...Eli.. we are building a company now!

I promise I will do!

Thank you

Eli
Founder & CEO Aura Biosciences Inc.

Posted by Elisabet de los Pinos - Brookline, MA - Coworker   May 19, 2017

Dear Belinda and Adriana,

We are heartbroken by your loss and will forever be indebted to Henri for all he has given to us. He welcomed us individually to Genzyme family over 25 years ago and shaped our respective careers filled with impactful and rewarding work. We met at his BSCP awards ceremony in 1998 and from there began our own lives together as a couple and eventually as a family. He was a visionary and compassionate leader and served as coach, mentor and advisor to both of us.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. We continue to feel Henri's presence through his memory and spirit. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

Please accept our deepest condolences,

Posted by Alice & Rob Pomponio - Medway, MA   May 19, 2017

Candle

RIP Mr Termeer

Posted by Paul Smets - Coworker   May 19, 2017

Dear Belinda,

We at Artax team have no words to express how deeply sorry we were to hear about your loss. We were honored to have such a thoughtful and intelligent visionary by our side. He was generous in his support and capable of identifying and nurturing talent from all over the world. His entrepreneurial spirit was an inspiration to us all making us feel capable of making the world a better place. His contributions in the field will last forever and hes left a superb legacy of achievement in the biotechnology industry and health care field. We were lucky enough to collaborate with him and benefit from Henris continued support to the next generation of biotech companies and health care leaders. He will be greatly missed.

Our prayers and thoughts are with you and we extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family during this period of mourning.

Sincerely

Damia

Posted by Damia Tormo - Boston, MA - Coworker   May 19, 2017

Dear Belinda:
So many of us in the biotech community cut our teeth at Genzyme (I was in Kendall Square 1993-2006). It is an honor to claim Genzyme as my own, and the experience working in the culture that Henri built and nurtured was my real education. I am thankful I had the lucky opportunity to have found myself in his universe. We carry on his legacy through our continued pursuit of medicine, pushing the boundaries and remaining true to patients. I send all of the best to you and the family during this trying time.

Sue Stewart
Genzyme Alum

Posted by Sue Stewart - Cambridge, MA - Coworker   May 18, 2017

Belinda and family,

I am so sad and sorry for your loss. I am a Gaucher patient who benefited from Henri's vision, compassion and preservance. I was diagnosed back in 1990 and was amazed at how Henri and therefor Genzyme treated the patients. I met Henri many many times over the years. He made it his business to know me and my son. When we spoke he was always concerned how I was feeling, was Genzyme helping me with everything and what more could he do for Gaucher patients. My sister went to work for Genzyme since she had heard me rave about the company that really cared about the patients. Genzyme helped me navigate every aspect of Gaucher Disease and made an awful diagnosis with a bleak future turn into an amazing healthy life. I was one of the first pregnant woman on Ceradase. To say I am thankful and full of gratitude is an understatement. I speak for myself and many Gaucher patients, Henri was an amazing, caring and thoughtful man. My heart is heavy and my sadness deep. How do you say goodbye to a person who has made your world a healthy one, being able to contribute to society and have a son? He was one remarkable human being and will be sorely missed.

Posted by Linda Rubenstein - Carlilse, MA - Acquaintance   May 18, 2017

Belinda and family,
My deepest condolences and sympathy. I was shocked and saddened when I received the news from a contact at Shire. Words cannot express the loss and sadness. He will be greatly missed. Please know, Belinda, that you and family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Tim

Posted by Tim Houseal - Vernon Hills, IL - Friend   May 18, 2017

I am very saddened by the news of Henri's passing. I worked at Genzyme from 2000-2012. Henri meant so much to Genzyme and its employees, to the biotechnology community as a whole and, most importantly, to the children with rare diseases who would have never had a chance to be treated without Henri's vision. He will be missed but never forgotten.

Posted by Marco Passini - Northborough, MA - Coworker   May 18, 2017

Candle

So saddened at the loss of this great leader. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Belinda and the family.
To our Genzyme family, we are sorry that we won't be able to attend the memorial, but we are there in spirit.
Henri, thank you for all that you did, and may you rest in peace.

Posted by Sally & David Curley - Powell, OH - Coworker   May 18, 2017

As a Genzyme employee, I will always remember seeing his friendly face in the halls at Allston Landing. He built a wonderful company. He will be missed. Condolences to the family.

Posted by Maria James - Milford, MA   May 18, 2017

Dear Belinda and Termeer Family,
we are so sorry to hear of your loss. We joined Genzyme Germany in 1998 and 2001, when we still were a small group of people in Alzenau. We met Henri a couple of times, always warm-hearted, caring, a good listener and a mentor. He was a charismatic leader, humanity and for us he was Genzyme.

We will never forget him and we are happy to have had the chance to meeting him

Our sincerest condolences

Elke Paul and Mirjam Bein

Posted by Elke Paul and Mirjam Bein - Germany   May 18, 2017

I am deeply saddened having learned of Henri's passing. The world has lost a great. I spoke with Henri in recent weeks about a special project of interest re rare diseases. As always, Henri was there with his support, stellar experience and great wisdom. Our hero in the rare disease community, you are sorely missed, my friend... and fellow "Wahoo."

To the family: Our hearts, thoughts, love, prayers and deepest sympathy are with you.

Posted by SUSAN STEPHENSON - RICHMOND, VA   May 17, 2017

Henri influenced me to move to Boston from Detroit MI and establish my First biotech public company next to him at Kendall square.

Posted by A friend   May 17, 2017

I am deeply saddened to hear the passing of a true catalyzing person and visionary. I am a Type 1 Gaucher patient who has been fortunate to benefit from Mr. Termeer's humane compassion, his persistence, and his perseverance to help those afflicted with this difficult disease. I remember Mr. Termeer participating in these webinars, whereby patients would call in after the webinar and were able to ask questions of the participants of the webinars and at times, Mr. Termeer attended these webinars. I remember one question which I had addressed, and Mr. Termeer called me personally to rest assure me that everything would be okay taking the drug Ceredase. I am humbly thankful for everything Mr. Termeer has done to help pave the way for so many, therefore, to express a simple thank you for everything perhaps would not suffice. Mr. Termeer in my opinion seemed to be a very kind, considerate and caring person, he was approachable. For someone in his position, this meant a lot, especially to a patient! Mr. Termeer helped to extend my life and countless lives around the world who are afflicted with this disease, (and other diseases) to have as normal a life as one can have. It's somewhat hard to imagine that Mr. Termeer is no longer. He was indeed a humane and incredible person, his presence will be missed. Rest In Peace Mr. Termeer, you will always be remembered.

Mona Kornberg, Type 1 Gaucher Patient
Queens, New York

Posted by Mona Kornberg - Rego Park, NY - Acquaintance   May 17, 2017

Dear Belinda and Adriana,
Words cannot express how deeply sorry we all are with the loss of Henri. To say he was a great man is an understatement. He touched so many lives and facilitated possibilities for so many. His generosity, warmth, and passion were infectious. He was such an inspiring individual and the support and guidance he lent me and the North Shore Studio will always be remembered.

Posted by Jessica Kreyer - Marblehead, MA   May 17, 2017

Belinda.

Henri's body is no longer with us, but his compassion, kindness and spirit will never be gone. My heart is full of gratitude, he changed my values, priorities and life. I share your loss.

Blessings.

Posted by Jhon J. Cuervo - Sunny Isles Beach, FL   May 17, 2017

I did not know Henri well but am a long time Genzyme employee who had the privilege of working under his leadership. He built a great company and was a great leader. So sorry for the loss.

Posted by Alice Smith - Douglas, MA - Coworker   May 17, 2017

Dear Belinda,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I will always treasure Henri's kind words and wisdom,as well as his good humor and enthusiasm. It is rare to find his combination of integrity and ambition to do good things. He was an inspiration to all of us, and he will be missed by so many people.

Our hearts go out to you and Adriana during this difficult time.

Posted by Jonathan McPhee - Sudbury, MA   May 17, 2017

Dear Belinda &amp; Termeer Family, <br /><br />I am so saddened to hear this news. It was my privilege to have worked so closely with you &amp; Henri at Genzyme. There are many happy professional &amp; personal memories that come to mind. My thoughts and prayers are with you.<br /><br />Best,<br /><br />Julia Interrante

Posted by Julia Interrante - Boston, MA - coworker   May 17, 2017

Dear Belinda,<br />I am so sorry for you loss. You and your family will be in my prayers. Henry was an amazing human being, a man that lived true and well.

Posted by Catherine Deary Lehmann - Duxbury, MA   May 17, 2017

Dear Belinda,

Henri touched so many lives - patients, colleagues, and others he may not have even known. He was a tremendous leader with a heart that cast a beautiful light on everything he accomplished. He is an inspiration to many. My condolences for you and your family.

Posted by Andrew Leger - Woburn, MA   May 17, 2017

I wish to extend my sincere condolences to the family and friends.

Posted by C. Nabor - DC   May 17, 2017

Candle

Words cannot express the depth of our sorrow at losing Henri who felt like a dear, dear friend even if we were only lucky enough to see him and you occasionally. His warm smile and ready wit, his pleasure at being with us and everyone else, his wise and witty conversation, and his joy in life were his special signature. We always looked forward to seeing him because he made us and others feel special enveloped in his warmth.

Posted by Diane and Richard Schmalensee - Boston, MA - Friend   May 17, 2017

Dear Belinda, My heart goes out to you and your family. I feel very privileged to have worked with Henri and I am sad for this loss. He was an inspirational leader and was kind enough to come to Concert last November to share his stories and passion and to inspire the next generation of drug developers.

I will always remember his support, wise words and generosity as I was beginning to embark on my biotech career all those years ago after the IG merger.

With my deepest and heartfelt sympathy, Nancy Stuart

Posted by Nancy Stuart - Lexington, MA   May 17, 2017

Dear Belinda,
My deepest condolences to you and the Termeer family. I joined Genzyme in 1996, when we still were a small group of people in Germnay. I still remember his passionate speech at the opening ceremony. In his way, he positively changed the mindset of many people! As Long as I live, I will never forget him. My heart and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Andreas Heil - Bad Homburg, Germany - Coworker   May 17, 2017

Henri was a marvelous and inspirational leader. He created an extraordinary environment at Genzyme for scientists and business people to work together and attempt to do the impossible. He was also very kind to my family and through his support of the arts helped my son, David, in the nascent stages of his career as an illustrator through the 'Expressions of Hope' program. I am very indebted to Henri and try to live by the example he set.

Posted by Bruce Wentworth - Northborough, MA - Coworker   May 16, 2017

Dear Belinda and Adriana, We are lucky to have had Henri as a friend and for me a mentor. His positive approach to life, his optimism, his determination, his keen intellect, and his obvious love for you are always to be remembered and a guiding star for all of us. We are all the poorer for losing him from our lives though the world is so much richer for his having being here. He will always live on in our brightest of memories. We are heartsick with you, love, Rich and Marianne

Posted by Richard and Marianne Moscicki - Newton, MA - Friend   May 16, 2017

Belinda and family,

I am so sad and sorry for your loss. I am a Gaucher patient who benefited from Henri's vision, compassion and preservance. I was diagnosed back in 1990 and was amazed at how Henri and therefor Genzyme treated the patients. I met Henri many many times over the years. He made it his business to know me and my son. When we spoke he was always concerned how I was feeling, was Genzyme helping me with everything and what more could he do for Gaucher patients. My sister went to work for Genzyme since she had heard me rave about the comapny that really cared about the patients. Genzyme helped me navigate every aspect of Gaucher Disease and made an awful diagnosis with a bleak future turn into an amazing healthy life with a son. I was one of the first pregnant woman on Ceradase. To say I am thankful and full of gratitude is an understatement. I speak for myself and many Gaucher patients, Henri was an amazing, caring and thoughtful man. My heart is heavy and my sadness deep. How do you say goodbye to a person who has made your world a healthy one, being able to contribute to society and have a son? He was one remarkable human being and will be sorely missed. Good bless Henri Termeer.

Posted by Linda Rubenstein - Carlisle, MA   May 16, 2017

To Henri's Family and Friends

Please accept my deepest deepest sympathies.

I was very fortunate to work with Henri, while I was Mayor of Cambridge. Henri made a difference in the many lives he touched, especially those who were the beneficiaries of the medical break throughs he developed.

You are in my thoughts and prayers

Sincerely

Michael Sullivan

Posted by Michael Sullivan - Cambridge, MA   May 16, 2017

Dear Belinda,

We are so saddened to hear of Henri's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Adriana.

Our deepest sympathies,

Jim & Verene Zabrecky

Posted by Jim and Verene Zabrecky - Newton, MA - Friend   May 16, 2017

Dear Belinda, I posted a few minutes ago to you. Henri was a great friend and mentor and I know how very much he loved you. My husband Richard and I had so many fun times with him. Shock, and disbelief, can't begin to express our feelings. As I said in my post to you I am here for you and happy to come back to Massachusetts if you would like. I think of you often and I am heartbroken for you. Please, let me know what I can do to help you. You two were true soul mates and that is for eternity. All my love to you Belinda and to the family as well. Your old friend, Jennifer Pierce

Posted by Jennifer Pierce - Sarasota, FL - Friend   May 16, 2017

Dear Belinda,
My deepest condolences to you and the Termeer family. Henri was a visionary with tremendous humility and brilliant leadership. He did so much for so many people in such a profound and graceful way. I will nerve forget his kindness and teachings. My heart and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Canwen Jiang - Southboro, MA - Friend   May 16, 2017

Dear Belinda,

I was so deeply saddened to hear of Henri's passing. On behalf of all of us in the Northeastern community, please accept my heartfelt condolences. To say Henri was a wonderful man who did enormous good does not begin to hint at the impact he had on the lives of countless people around the world. I had such great admiration for his vision, and his compassion. It was my distinct privilege to work with him over the years. His collaborative spirit and his dedication to enhancing the life people across all walks of life was remarkable.

Northeastern will always remember Henri with tremendous esteem and affection. By establishing and supporting the Northeastern-Boston Ballet education program, he left a lasting mark on this university, and on many students. Through his vision and generosity, he has helped many young people see a brighter future marked by greater possibilities. All of us who were fortunate enough to hear his speech at the 2011 Commencement exercises will always remember his resonant words on living a full and successful life.

In sympathy,

Joseph Aoun
Northeastern University

Posted by Joseph Aoun - Boston, MA - Friend   May 16, 2017

Balinda,

I am sorry for your loss..I recall many fun times with you and Henri while working with Genzyme...he was a good man.

Your Old Friend,
Brian McCourt

Posted by Brian McCourt - New York - Friend   May 16, 2017

Mr. Termeer was such a tremendous and giving man. He will be sorely missed but his work will live on. Myself and all of us at Voices of Hope will keep fighting in his memory to ensure his legacy continues.

Posted by Greg Chastain - Winchester, MA - acquaintance   May 16, 2017

Far too soon!! ...Henri was a dear friend and Business associate who I will dearly miss... we worked together during our mutual tenures at Baxter and maintained our contact as we both emerged into the world of Biotechnology... his kindness and generosity to me and my family were truly gracious ...

Rest in Peace, my Friend, you left your mark deeply embedded in this World and it is Truly a Better Place because of YOU !!! ...

Godspeed !!...

TED, Sarah, Adrian and Nick JOPE

Posted by Ted Jope - La Canada, CA - Friend   May 16, 2017

Dear Belinda and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I had to opportunity to get to know Henri at Genzyme. He came to my desk on my third day of work to talk about a case back in 2006. If it weren't for his vision so many years ago, I would never have worked in the biotech industry. He was a man of such great integrity, honesty, and humor. His compassion for patients to this day goes unmatched by any other. Please accept my deepest condolences.

With love,
Kristina Woessner

Posted by Kristina Woessner - Missoula, MT - Coworker   May 16, 2017

May I express my sincerest condolences on the passing of Henri. While we never crossed paths professionally, having joined Sanofi Genzyme only last year after 20 years at Biogen, his vision to help bring biotechnology-derived medicines to those in need and to impact their lives so deeply, will ever be his legacy. As someone who has benefitted from the industry he helped to nurture, being cured of diffuse large B cell lymphoma with a biologic drug 14 years ago, I have a deep appreciation for the true value that Henri and people like him brought to this world. I hope that memories of fun and loving times spent together help you through this difficult time.

Posted by Darren Baker - Hingham, MA   May 16, 2017

My deepest condolences to Termeer family. I have know Henry for only a few years serving on two boards together. I enjoyed his conversations, charm and wisdom. He created a large void by leaving us so soon. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Fariborz Maseeh - Newport Beach, CA - Friend   May 16, 2017

I met Henri a few times over the years and I was always struck by his grace and compassion. Last year I ran into Henri at an awards gala and I took the opportunity to thank him and express my<br />gratitude . Because of Henri my children were able to grow into happy healthy adults. I know I express the sentiment of my fellow board members here at the Canadian Gaucher Foundation in saying we are all deeply saddened by the loss of Henri. We send our sympathy to you and your family.

Posted by Christine White - Ottawa, ON - acquaintance   May 16, 2017

Dear Henri,

On multiple occasions we bumped into each other on board Delta flights between Amsterdam and Boston when we both were on the same mission: spending time with our elderly mothers, both well over 90. Foolishly we were both speculating that perhaps we would inherit their longevity genes. So unfair that you have not been granted this well deserved wish.

Still, you always lived with an appropriate "Carpe Diem" attitude and have impacted so many many people in such a positive and unforgettable way. A smart, intuitive and good-listener public company CEO in the USA, but always very much a Dutch leader too: humble, approachable and with a good sense of humor regardless of the circumstances. Pity that the English language does not have an appropriate translation for "ouderwets smakelijk lachen" because that's what you were doing during our last dinner a few months ago - we'll cherish that memory.

You shall be missed thoroughly, but never forgotten. Leonie and I wish Belinda and your family much strength dealing with their great loss, and know that their memories of you will always make them smile.

Warmest regards,

Hans and Leonie

Posted by Hans Gieskes - DEDHAM, MA - Friend   May 16, 2017

Henri Termeer taught me by his shining example how to run a major biotech company while being at the same time a valuable and valued member of the larger community. But, more importantly, he taught me why that latter "distraction" was such an important thing to do. With Henri, in his work, it always started and ended with benefit to patients in need, and, in the rest of his public life, it started and ended with the larger community that needs us all engaged to maintain and improve. Generous, self-less, witty, patient and kind. He will be missed by all.

Posted by Joshua Boger - Boston, MA - Friend   May 16, 2017

Henri has been a great mentor to me over the years. We started Lysosomal Therapeutics, Inc. together and have developed a wonderful friendship along the way. I am grateful that we spent almost 3hrs together two weeks ago in Boston talking about our teenage daughters, LTI, our new ventures and various other topics. He loved his family and was extremely loyal to his friends. We had a wonderful time together not knowing it was the last time. I will forever miss his wisdom and humanity.

Posted by Dimitri Krainc - Chicago, MA - Friend   May 16, 2017

Passionate, determined, optimistic, instructive, encouraging, non-judgmental, kind, visionary, fair, exacting, lovingthe Henri Termeer we will all never forget. It was my great privilege to work closely with Henri as his senior vice president for human resources during Genzyme's formative years, 1989 through 2003. He built a singular company that took care of patients as well as it took care of its workers, an example for all CEOs and the secret to any great organization's success. On May 12, 1997, 20 years ago to the day of Henri's passing, he saved the life of my wife, Deborah, by ensuring that she received the best care at Mass General Hospital following a stunning, near-fatal heart attack. He was our cherished friend, the best part of all those years together. Thank you, Henri. You are deeply loved and missed by all of us.

Posted by Jack & Deborah Heffernan - Bridgton, ME - Coworker   May 16, 2017

Dear Henri,
Rest in peace. Your energy, vision and influence will be missed. Only you knew the influence you had on my career as an inspirational leader and mentor. As Genzyme employee #11 from 1983-1988 your guidance led us to over-achieve to meet your high expectations to make Genzyme the success it was. Thank you! You legacy will continue on............

Posted by Gary Ostroff - Worcester, MA - Coworker   May 16, 2017

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Dear Henri: It was a pleasure to have known and worked with you on the Mass General Hospital's board. Your brilliance and generosity to the Life sciences community and your philanthropy and civic engagement will be sorely miss. You were a bright light here is the Boston community and beyond and your impact will be felt for future generations. RIP With profound sadness.

Posted by Colette Phillips - Brookline, MA - Acquaintance   May 16, 2017

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Hope realized for so many who were forgotten. Gratitude to you and your family. <br />Run up ahead and I will catch up, 'cause I'm gonna see you when tomorrow comes, on the other side. (On the Other Side by Colton Dixon)

Posted by Debbie Poire-Magee - Derry, NH - coworker   May 16, 2017

Dear Belinda and Family,

I am so very sorry for the sudden death of Henri. He was a beacon of light to both me and everyone else who entered into the uncharted waters of Biotechnology. He will always be in my heart when I think of serving patients with rare disease. He will be very missed by so many.

Henri was as inspirational as he was kind. I offer all of my condolences and you in my prayers.

Very Truly,
Amy Dasch

Posted by Amy Dasch - needham, MA - Coworker   May 16, 2017

I have a great deal respect for Henri and his accomplishments as a businessman, an industry leader, CEO and as a human being. It is not a stretch to say that he was the founder of the orphan drug business model. He gave me and many others the opportunity to develop and grow a business where there was none before. We did things that had not been done before under his leadership. This commitment to developing drugs for orphan diseases had a tremendous impact on patients and their families around the world. Most importantly he gave hope to people when there was none. A life well lived, rest in peace.

Posted by Bill Aliski - Boston, MA - Coworker   May 16, 2017

Belinda, we are so deeply and profoundly sad for you and your entire family. Henri was an extraordinary human being and his loss to the world is tremendous. The memory of his brilliant leadership will, however, remain a source of inspiration and encouragement to all who knew him. Having worked with both of you in the early days of Genzyme (1992 - on) and watching the enormous impact he had and the ability to make everyone around him better and keep in constant perspective that the patients are who we serve is beyond admirable. With deepest sympathy and warmest condolences, Lorie & Chuck Umanita

Posted by Lorie Umanita - Rowley, MA - Coworker   May 16, 2017

You will never be forgotten. In our hearts, you will forever remain. Goodbye to you, dear Henri. You will be dearly missed, but every one of us knows that you will forever be present in our hearts and our memories.

My sincere and deepest condolences to your family.

Karen Peloquin

Posted by Karen Peloquin - Winchester, MA - Friend   May 16, 2017

Our deepest condolences to Termeer family. Henri was a great friend, mentor, and inspiration. He led a revolution in industry and created a legacy of entrepreneurs working for the patient. We will miss Henri's warmth, humor, and brilliance.

Posted by Bob Mulroy - Belmont, MA - Friend   May 16, 2017

I am sorry to hear of Henri's passing. I worked for Genzyme from 1990-1998. I got to observe Henri's Leadership and drive to create a successful biotech company.

May he rest in the hands of the angels.

Posted by Edward Wisniewski - West Peabody, MA - Coworker   May 16, 2017

When my job hunt started, my goal was to work at Genzyme because of the amazing reputation. I started September 1990 with Genzyme Genetics and I'm proud to say I'm still working at Genzyme. Henri was an exceptional leader who touched countless lives.

Posted by Paula Finn - Salem, MA - coworker   May 16, 2017

The Greek Gaucher community in Greece and the Greek Lysosomal Association will always remember you dear Henri for having a vision and determination to save our lives by giving us hope with medicines for our parents.Our condolence to your family

KATE THEOCHARIS
PRESIDENT OF THE GREEK LYSOSOMAL ASSOCIATION

Posted by CHARI - ATHENS - Coworker   May 16, 2017

My deepest condolences to Belinda and family. I had the good fortune of working for Genzyme 1989-1996 and to have known Henri and Belinda. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by Leslynn Pierson - Englewood, FL - Coworker   May 15, 2017

Henri, you were one-of-a-kind. Non-pareil. The Mentor of all Mentors. So many of us looked to you for guidance, judgment, wisdom, the right thing to do. We will miss you. Blessings to all in your family. A loss for so many.

Posted by John Hawkins - New York, NY - Friend   May 15, 2017

Henri, you were the most inspirational leader I've ever known.

Posted by Barbara Langston - Lexington, MA - Friend   May 15, 2017


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Henri And Belinda at a Genzyme party from the collection of Lance Webb
Henri at the beach activities during the Sanibel Island, Florida1991 Genzyme meeting in 1991
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A reunion of Henri, Roscoe Brady, John Barranger, M.D., Norm Barton, M.D. and some of the original Gaucher patients from the first clinal trial at the NIH of enzyme replacement therapy. Celebration held in Cambridge in 2007.
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Henri at the Genzyme Wards banquet in 1991. From the collection of Lance Webb.

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Belinda and George at a retreat in Puerto Rico, Nov 2015

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From The collection of Tommye Tierney: henri visited me in Singapore when I was an Ex-Pat running the Genzyme Singapore headquarters in 1996. After the Business meeting I asked him what he'd like to do. He wanted to go to the Singapore zoo!

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My husband and I had an annual holiday party, this particular year I had forgotten to bring up and wash wine glasses from the wet bar area in the basement. Henri had just arrived as I was running up and down the stairs trying to correct my oversight. Henri said hello, gave me quick hug, assessed the situation and joined in retrieving the errant wine glasses. Henri then washed them as I dried. Here was this pillar of the community and international business icon just helping out a frazzled hostess, and doing it with charm, wit and grace. We joked that I could provide him an excellent reference if he ever needed a dishwashing job. Henri was a true friend to many, including my husband and me. My husband and Henri were friends for over 40 years, I only had the privilege of knowing him for the past 7. We are shocked and saddened by his very premature passing. Belinda, Adriana, Nicholas and the entire family are in our thoughts and prayers.