Thursday, November 13, 2008

So long, Glenn

Glenn was an ordinary, 40-something man. What made him special was his strong determination to study. About 3 years ago I interviewed him to become a student in our econ postgraduate program. I was very impressed by his eagerness to continue formal study, despite his age. Eventually the other two interviewers also liked him. He was admitted.

Since then he had taken some of my courses. He flunked some, but quickly enrolled again. He missed some classes but when he came he was always quiet and serious. He took notes diligently. I knew later that he had to miss those some classes because he was sick.

And yesterday I was shocked. Glenn Rasad, the student, passed away the night before. According to his fellow students, he had a heart attack. The class was mourning. We were all sad. Then a student showed me one of Glenn's text messages before he died:

"Walaupun nilai gua nggak bagus-bagus amat. Apa kata Tuhan dech. Gua tetap belajar sampai Dia nggak menghendaki lagi"

Let me translate:

"Even though my grades are not that great, I don't care. I'd leave them to God. What I want is to keep studying until He wants me to stop"

Glenn, I'm sure God decided to take you back so you could study more peacefully up there.

So long my friend.

Addendum: Mirna from the program updated me. Glenn Rasad was born  June 16, 1963 (so he was 45 when he died). Glenn went to Universitas Indonesia and got an undergraduate degree in electro-engineering in 1989, got an MBA from the same university in 2003, and until the day he died he was still registered as an active student in economic doctorate program (since 2004). This semester he was taking my advanced microeconomics course.


johnorford said...

studying as if grades don't matter, there's a certain zen to that.

he sounds like a nice person.

Anton Iryawan said...

It is good to see how Glenn left a good impression.
I have known Glenn since SMP, SMA and we were office mates in the early 1990's.
I last met him in our SMA reunion last year.
His passing is a loss for his friends and the many people whose lives he touched.