Dear colleagues and friends,
on November 30 our colleague Torild van Eck unexpectedly passed away.
We have lost a great colleague and a very close, warm friend among all of us. The
large number of condolences flowing in are heartwarming and describe Torild as we all
remember him: a very much appreciated friend and colleague who committed himself for
decades to serve the seismological community in Europe and beyond. Always looking
for opportunities to glue people together and build a strong European seismological
community, based on human interaction. His giving attitude, broad interest and gentle
character made him a person that we will miss daily.
Our thoughts and consolation are with his family to support them in this immense loss.
Reinoud Sleeman on behalf of ORFEUS Data Center and the KNMI
The sudden and unexpected death of Torild has left all of us completely stunned.
We would like to remember the way that the ExeCom has known Torild in all these years.
In our long meetings Torild would always listen to all opinions and then have
the last word while finding a solution acceptable and convincing to all.
All decisions were to the benefit of the community. He was always very pragmatic
and this led him to move step by step toward our common objectives.
We will certainly miss his presence as a colleague and as friend for many years to come.
Alberto Michelini on behalf of the Execom, the WG's and the Board of ORFEUS
When I met Torild many years ago I felt, this is a person one can talk to.
And he always listened, and was never shy to enter new ideas
for enhancing the means of common needs. He understood the needs of the seismologists,
because he belonged to them. I have never met a person who was such dedicated to the
cause of earthquakes like Torild. Sometimes, he daylighted his thoughts, that seismological
data exchange is actually the essence, otherwise seismology cannot not proceed.
Wise and thoughtful were his advises, and he managed bringing the seismological community
closer together as tedious it may have been. We will strive to fulfil his vision.
Wolfgang Lenhardt (President of ORFEUS)