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Manuel “Muso” Ayau (1925-2010)

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Early this morning, one of my great heroes died.  Manuel Ayau – founder of Guatemala’s remarkble Universidad Francisco Marroquin [2] – lost his brief fight with cancer.


I’m rather choked up now.  Muso – as he was affectionately called – became my and Karol’s good friend over the years.  He possessed a love of life, a sense of humor, an optimism, an entrepreneurial drive, and an understanding of – and love of – liberty that are combined in so few people as perfectly as they were combined and balanced in Muso.

Five years ago, on the occassion of Muso’s 80th birthday, I wrote this celebration of him [4].  It is inadequate.  Words alone can’t begin to capture the greatness and goodness of this man.  I will miss him.  Guatemala will miss him.  Students of comparative advantage will miss him [5].  The cause of human liberty will miss him.

All of us here at GMU, Mercatus, and IHS wish Muso’s widow, Olga, and her large and loving family strength and peace.