Europaføderasjonens president Kathy Kaaf har sendt følgende melding til Norgesunionen:
"Dear Sorotptimist friends,
it is with great sadness that I announce the sudden death of Eliane Lagasse,SIE Immediate Past President.
After an evening with Soroptimists in Cotonou, Benin, Eliane suffered a fatal heart attack in the early hours of Saturday, January 19. Her husband was with her.
Eliane was an exemplary Soroptimist, and a source of inspiration to all who knew her. With enormous energy and dedication, she worked at all levels of our organisation to further the Soroptimist cause. She was intelligent, kind, and an extremely diligent paediatrician. But above all, she was a friend.
We will treasure her memory.
On behalf of the entire SIE Board, I offer my deepest condolences to her husband and family.
Det er mange i Norgesunionen som har møtt Eliane og hun var senest i Norge i forbindelse med Nordiske dager i Bergen i 2010.