Early this morning, one of my great heroes died. Manuel Ayau – founder of Guatemala’s remarkble Universidad Francisco Marroquin  – 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 . 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 . 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.