As distributed on the 26th of October, 2020.
Dear SAFRIans and the broader FAIMER community
It is with deep sadness that I write this message informing you of the sudden passing away of Alwyn Louw. He passed away from a car accident today in the morning.
Alwyn did his SAFRI fellowship in 2008 as one of the first SAFRI fellows and the first fellow from Stellebosch University and then immediately served as SAFRI faculty in 2010. He has been our SAFRI stalwart ever since. Reliable, dependable with a quiet yet gentle strength he mentored most fellows and faculty alike. His commitment to the SAFRI fellowship, the fellows, and mentoring of new faculty was palpable. He will forever be remembered of his great personal and academic contributions to all of us.
This is a sad time for the SAFRI family. We all say rest in peace Alwyn, you will always be our special star.
A virtual memorial service for Alwyn will be held in due course. Please be on the lookout for an email from Lianne.
REST IN PEACE ALWYN
On behalf of the SAFRI Board of Directors