TO: The Gonzaga Community
FROM: Thayne M. McCulloh, Ph.D.
SUBJ: Thoughts and Prayers
DATE: September 26, 2011
It is with sadness that I share the following news. Dr. Wangari Maathai, our next invitee in the Presidential Speaker Series, died of cancer in Nairobi late yesterday evening. She was 71 years old.
Dr. Maathai's extraordinary life brought her from rural village beginnings in her native (pre-independence) Kenya to international recognition as a scientist, activist, environmentalist, politician, author and humanitarian. Recognized with the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2004, she was most closely associated with the Green Belt Movement, which she founded in the 1970's.
Even as we join with the international community in our prayers for her family and colleagues, we celebrate the remarkable achievements of her life and the impact she had on millions across the African continent and around the world. You may learn more about Wangari Muta Maathai through her New York Times obituary at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/27/world/africa/wangari-maathai-nobel-peace-prize-laureate-dies-at-71.html?_r=1
Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil.