Christopher Skinner over at Crux Sola has reported news that Francis Gignac has passed away at the age of 81. He will be greatly missed as a scholar and teacher by many. For myself, I consider his grammar of the Greek papyri of the Roman and Byzantine periods to be one of the most important grammatical works on the Greek language of the 20th century. It was a grand contribution. There are very few who could produce a dissertation of such magnitude so successfully.
The remembrance of him at Crux Sola is beautiful.
So far, this is shaping up to be a year of loss for Ancient Greek grammar.