Michel Scholl, Professor Emeritus at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, died on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at the age of 68. In 1989, Michel joined the CEDRIC laboratory at CNAM, Paris as Full Professor and founded the database research team Vertigo. At CNAM, Michel was an energetic and vibrant leader. He supervised about fifteen doctoral theses. Beyond his professional contributions, we will particularly remember Michel's human qualities. Curious about all things in life and research, open to people and ideas, kind and friendly, enthusiastic and warm, he was especially attentive to the most humble among the people around him. His constant involvement and commitment, his unrelenting support of his colleagues and friends, his openness and his passion will remain an example to follow for all of us. All who had the chance to work directly with him and many others who simply met him from time to time, will remember him, above all, as a great humanist.