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Gustave Trasenster (1855-1931)
1931 Obituary 
GUSTAVE TRASENSTER, the moving spirit of the Societe d'Ougree-Marihaye, died at Saint-Raphael on January 24, 1931, at the age of seventy-five.
Born in 1855, he studied at the Ecole des Mines at Liege, taking his diploma as an engineer.
In 1879 he joined the Societe d'Ougree.
In 1892 the fusion of that company with the Societe des Charbonnages et Haute Fourneaux d'Ougree was completed; in 1900 amalgamation with the Societe des Charbonnages de Marihaye was effected, and in 1905 the Societe des Hauts Fourneaux de Rodange was absorbed. Mr. Trasenster was the president of the company, and under his impulse it acquired large interests in a number of other important undertakings in France and Belgium.
Mr. Trasenster was chairman of the Belgian Steel Cartel and of the Association of Coal Mines and Steelworks of the Province of Liege and was Vice-President of the Central Industrial Committee of Belgium.
In July 1930, on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of his presidency of the firm, Mr. Trasenster was appointed a Grand Officier de l'Ordre de Leopold by H.M. the King of the Belgians, and the French Government also recognised his services by awarding him the rank of Commandeur de la Legion d'Honneur.
Mr. Trasenster joined the Iron and Steel Institute in 1903, became a Member of Council in 1915 and was elected an Hon. Vice- President in 1923.