Dear Members of Transcend–many you proposed by Dieter!–my dear friend, co-founder of Transcend in 1993 with myself and Fumiko Nishimura left us today after a short hospital stay in coma, basically due to his diabetes for many years.
Very competent in mathematics, modeling and economics he was for many years a professor in New York, till early retirement and full dedication to Transcend, first from Basel, in Switzerland, then in Germany; particularly responsible for Transcend University Press and as board member for Transcend as a whole.
Dear, dear Dieter–you are deeply missed. But my mind turns from sadness to gratitude to you for our wonderful friendship–40 good years of cooperation with no quarrel! You often referred to yourself as phlegmatic, unperturbed by the ups and downs of reality–including our little Transcend part of it–taking problems as they came, having the long term perspective, as we gained in experience. Countless were the dialogues between us, mutual questioning and learning, never debates to prove oneself right.
Let us celebrate your life while deploring that you are no longer among us, in deep gratitude for all you did to inspire and help–and for peace in general.
your friend Johan