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Manuel “Muso” Ayau (1925-2010)

Posted By Don Boudreaux On August 4, 2010 @ 9:47 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

Early this morning, one of my great heroes died.  Manuel Ayau – founder of Guatemala’s remarkble Universidad Francisco Marroquin [1] – lost his brief fight with cancer.

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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 [3].  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 [4].  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.

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[1] Universidad Francisco Marroquin: https://www.ufm.edu/

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[3] Five years ago, on the occassion of Muso’s 80th birthday, I wrote this celebration of him: http://www.thefreemanonline.org/featured/manuel-ayau-guatemalas-liberal-searcher/

[4] Students of comparative advantage will miss him: http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:eY-MHI-sFR8J:mises.org/Books/game.pdf+%22manuel+ayau%22+%22comparative+advantage%22&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESjj3Sgpzyn_7M72jLjNxe9Z1pfcqBr_HfNT88jGqpRYeOOBX-Y0r0ZLeEC72U3ar6JTsFhP05fRsqTbC5JfPo5dShK2p6dWIIfvKjLbYMJgLsNLA8qr3208kgiTNzahnsSzU237&sig=AHIEtbSRW5F_MCeTpsFYq26mZYxspJQhLA

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