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Friday, August 20, 2010

The Wave Field in Ann Arbor

The Wave Field in Ann Arbor celebrates 15 years this fall. Created by Maya Lin, it stands in memory of François-Xavier Bagnoud who was born in Switzerland and received an Aerospace Engineering degree at the Univeristy of Michigan. He was a helicopter pilot known as "The Little Prince of the Mountains", having flown over 300 rescue missions coming to the rescue of orphans and AIDS victims. He lost his life in Mali in 1986, crashing in the desert on such a mission. His mother, philanthropist Albina Du Boisrouvray, created the Association FXB in honor of her son, which continues this work today.

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