Jean-Marie Parmentier, economist

December 9, 2012

Jean-Marie Parmentier, 82, an economist who retired from the International Monetary Fund in 1989 as an assistant director, died Dec. 2 at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital.

He had complications from prostate cancer, said his son Stan Parmentier.

Mr. Parmentier worked at the IMF for 24 years and specialized in the economies of French-speaking African nations. He had previously worked in France for the French national bank.

Jean-Marie Parmentier was born in Nancy, France. He received a bachelor’s degree and, in 1952, a master’s degree, both in economics and both from the Sorbonne in Paris. He served in the French military in the 1950s.

Mr. Parmentier settled in the United States in 1965 and became a U.S. citizen in the 1990s.

His first marriage, to Micheline Chaumont, ended in divorce. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Francoise Blin Parmentier of Washington; two sons from his first marriage, Francois Parmentier and Michel Parmentier, both of Paris; three children from his second marriage, Arielle Poizat and Emmanuelle Parmentier, both of Paris, and Stan Parmentier of Washington; a sister; and three grandchildren.

Emily Langer

Emily Langer is a reporter on The Washington Post’s obituaries desk. She has written about national and world leaders, celebrated figures in science and the arts, and heroes from all walks of life.
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