Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Guatemala Plane Crash Takes Lives of Professors

It is with great sadness that I share that a small-plane crash, shortly after takeoff, took the lives of several professors and friends of the Universidad Francisco MarroquĂ­n, including Claudia Araneda, who so capably and good-naturedly orchestrated the general meeting of the Mont Pelerin Society in Guatemala in 2006, as well as the APEE meeting I attended just two months ago. Claudia was also deputy director of the Henry Hazlitt program at UFM, making sure all of the university's students, regardless of program, studied sound economics.

Rafael, her husband, died with her. With the Aranedas were Juan Roberto Brenes, a UFM grad who taught social philosophy of Hayek, and Helmut Wintzer who taught international commerce in the School of Economic Sciences. The group was on a small plane chartered to fly to Belize for a diving holiday.

Juan Roberto and Helmut were both bachelors. Claudia and Rafael leave five children, including Mariandree and Stephanie, who were at their mother’s side, pitching in at both the MPS and APEE meetings.

UFM's press release is here, in Spanish. For an English version by Google (this is an automatic translation, not professional), click here.

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