Sep 10, 2006

Dear members of EUROPT,

after many good and joyful news which we shared in
the past, today there is a sad news.

A few days after he became our first EUROPT Fellow
(September 5, 2006), our dear friend and teacher
Prof. Dr. Alexander Rubinov (Ballarat, Australia) passed
away yesterday, at September 9, 2006. His dear wife
Mrs. Zari Rubinov and his local colleague Prof. Dr.
Alexander Krüger informed us, and also our Honorary
Coordinator Prof. Dr. Tamas Terlaky did.

Two days before he passed away, at September 7, we
sent to us these lines:

"Dear Professor Weber and members of Managing Board
and Honorary Coordinators,

I am writing to thank you and the members of EUROPT for
honouring me with the title of EUROPT FELLOW 2006. I have
very much enjoyed being editor of POP and in particular enjoyed
the collaboration and support that I have had from you personally
and other members of EUROPT. Again, thank you for this
recognition. I am very pleased to accept this award."

In the hearts of those of us who had the honour to learn him
personally, here I am certain, there has been and is a great
admiration and, what is more, honest love to him. And he loved
and gave us so much. His great modesty, patience, readiness
to help and support, never except under hardest conditions of
illness to say "no", touched us so closely. Alex has meant so
much to us and will mean the same forever, to our entire group EUROPT
and, of course, to our friends from Pacific Research
Activity Group, and far beyond.

We will keep him in our remembrance sincerely and very
actively, also in our interrelation with POP, with all his
Australian friends and his friends worldwide.

In these days we wish a consolation, a warm spirit of comfort
to your and all our sads hearts. To dear Mrs. Zari and all her
family members firstly, and to all his friends and colleagues.

Please let us continue in friendship and collaboration
just as we learned it from our dear teacher Professor Dr.
Alexander Rubinov: Shalom, wonderful friend Alex!

With sincere regards,
best wishes in these days to you,
Gerhard-Wilhelm Weber
chair