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On 30 June 1979, Mr. Jean Pictet will reach retirement age after forty-two years of service with the ICRC.He joined the ICRC in 1937 and has had a very full career. He is a thinker, a jurist, a writer, a teacher and at the same time a man of action, who took part in all major Red Cross undertakings; he is the inspirer and the mentor of the Red Cross.

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