Dear Colleagues,

With deep sadness, we must inform you that  Sir Professor Peter Lachmann passed away on December 26, 2020, after having enjoyed celebrating his 89th birthday and the Christmas days with his family.

He was very energetic till his very last days equipped with a brilliant and sharp mind until his final hour.  Sylvia, a perfect alter-ego partner and companion for Peter for so many decades, told us that he went to sleep contented and never woke up – a deserved peaceful end for a great mind!  He has shaped the complement field for many decades and was one of its titans – we have already missed him at the last complement conferences and we will certainly miss him now even more.  Sylvia also provided us with one of Peter’s favorite poems from Omar Khayyam and we also think that feels apposite:

With them the Seed of Wisdom did I sow,
And with my own hand labour'd it to grow:
And this was all the Harvest that I reap'd --
"I came like Water and like Wind I go."

On behalf of The International Complement Society (ICS) and the European Complement Network (ECN)

Peter Garred, President of ICS

Reinhard Würzner, President of ECN


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