It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Tony Macknight on July 13 after a brief illness. Tony was a founding member of the recently established IUPS academy. He was a passionate and dedicated educator who promoted student engagement in education and created tools that revolutionized the teaching of physiology. He was a fixture at many IUPS teaching workshops. Many IUPS teachers across the globe remember him and his love of teaching. They state how fortunate they felt to have the opportunity to work with him.
Many of IUPS teaching workshops were held in African countries. Therefore it does not come as a surprise that the African Association of Physiological Sciences (AAPS) sent us a note expressing their sadness. They stated that he will especially be remembered for his passion and innovative thinking regarding physiology teaching and learning. They emphasize that he was a humanitarian and always keen to assist under-resourced and less developed regions such as the African continent. Prof. Macknight was a great supporter of AAPS events and the Journal of the AAPS (JAAPS). His interactions with the AAPS stretched beyond providing financial resources, as he regularly attended AAPS events – a testimony to his unwavering support for AAPS. The image of Tony being engaged equally well with students, young and senior faculty, and always with a warm smile, a chuckle, and a willingness to understand will be an image so many of us will always remember. We join our African colleagues in saying „Hambe kahle“ (Go well & farewell comrade!).