It is with great sadness that we tell you that Paul Cherenack passed away on Thursday 17 January 2002. Paul was on sabbatical, which had started in July 2001. Early on he became ill and returned to Cape Town in mid-October where he was diagnosed as having lymphoma. He was receiving chemotherapy and initially appeared to be responding well to the treatment. However his condition deteriorated very rapidly in his last week. He passed away peacefully with his wife Marianne at his bedside.
A memorial service was held at St Mary's Cathedral in Cape Town on Tuesday 22 January. Keith Hardie delivered the tribute and Guillaume Brümmer read the lesson.
Paul was a very special colleague. We of the Topology and Category Theory Group at UCT will remember him fondly as an accomplished and fervent researcher who contributed to a broad range of topics. He led the group for a period after Guillaume's retirement. He will be sorely missed in the department for his teaching. He taught a remarkably broad range of courses, some of which required specialist knowledge outside his research field. It is a mark of his great generosity that he willingly took these courses on. He was also a committee member of the Academic Staff Association and took a keen interest in defending the rights of his colleagues.
We will miss his quirky sense of humour, his characteristic laughter and his passionate tirades against bureaucracy of all kinds.