| "Dear Francois,
What a wonderful and well deserved award (IGFA Lifetime Achievement Award). My sincere congratulations and warmest wishes for an exciting evening in Florida when you receive the award! In addition to the reasons cited for this honor your generous assistance to ichthyologists in Thailand and elsewhere is also greatly appreciated.
Again congratulations - and a big hug from me!
All the best"
Dr. William H. Beamish, Faculty of Science, Burapha University, Thailand.