In May 14, 1912, L. Rolandais made a tribute to EHL’s founder and "father", Jacques Tschumi during his graduation speech.
Here is an extract:
[...] We should not forget the absent, gentlemen. The School, as our President rightly said, lost a few days ago, his father. The one who had given birth to it, in some ways. His "daddy" has disappeared.
Jacques Tschumi was one of the most known and esteemed figures of the Swiss hotel industry. Nowadays, his name is still anchored in Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne's vocabulary; and an auditorium was named after him.
He was born on May 30, 1844 in Wolfisberg (Bern) and died on May 2, 1912, after a short illness, at the age of 68. He had been Director of the Beau-Rivage Palace in Ouchy for 25 year, at that time.
During his career, he was also Administrator of the Seiler Hotels in Zermatt , the Weissenburg baths, the Hotel Bellevue Palace in Bern and was president of the “Société suisse des Hôteliers Hôteliers” for seven years.