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Alexandre Marius Dées de Sterio

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Alexandre Marius Dées de Sterio
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Born21st April 1944
11th October 200611th October 2006
🏳️ NationalityLuxembourgish
💼 Occupation
👶 ChildrenAurélie Dées de Sterio Eléonore Dées de Sterio
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Alexandre Marius Dées de Sterio (21st April 1944 - 11th October 2006) was a Luxembourgish professor, doctor, journalist and freemason. He represented for more than twenty years the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) at the Council of Europe.[1]


The son of Alexandre Leonidas Simon Reinhardt Edler de Dées and Marthe Flies, Alexandre Marius Dées de Sterio was a strong advocate of secularism and humanism. Wolfgang Borchert was his favorite novelist.

In his youth at La Sorbonne, Alexandre Marius Dées de Sterio founded l’Union Radicale Humaniste et Laïque and became a member of the press office. He later incorporated the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) which he represented at the Council of Europe during the 20 last years of his life in conjunction with his scholarly and journalistic activities at various universities and on radio 100,7 in Luxembourg.

The former sixty-eight year old was during his time president of the Clan des Jeunes founded by Toto Mergen ( as successor to Robert Goebbels), member of the committee of the ASSOSS (general association of luxembourgish students). He liked to compare the May 1968 events with 1848: ‘After these two dates, the men thought otherwise.' The humanist, freethinker and freemason[2] thinks back : the year 1968 was the questioning of the clerical intervention into the social structures. On Monday, 6 May, when more than 20,000 students, teachers and supporters marched towards the Sorbonne, still sealed off by the police, Alexandre Marius was standing in St. Jacques street, at the first barricade. He recalled the events during the 75 year festival of the luxembourgish journalist community in presence of the grand-duc couple where he was invited as guest speaker. 

On 11th October 2006, at 11h45, a collision between a Luxembourg passenger train and a French freight train (SNCF) on the line Thionville-Luxembourg cost Alexandre Marius Dées de Sterio his life.[3] He left behind his wife Marie-Anne Mersch, daughter of the Luxembourgish athlete and publisher François Mersch, and his two daughters Aurélie et Eléonore Dées de Sterio, "Baroness de Sterio".



  • J. Walter (Dir.), Humanisme et tolérance. Hommage à Alexandre Marius Dées de Sterio (1945-2006), Éditions Universitaires de Lorraine, 2013.
  • Joseph Lorent : Eine durch und durch liberal-tolerante Natur. Luxemburger Wort, 14. octobre 2006. S. 22.

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  1. "Pr. Alexandre Marius baron Dées De Sterio – ameddias". www.ameddias.org (in français). Retrieved 2017-05-20.
  2. Detrad, Sas. "Dees de sterio". www.detrad.com (in français). Retrieved 2017-05-20.
  3. "Livre-hommage au Pr Dées de Sterio" (in français). Retrieved 2017-05-20.