Nelson Mandela passes away at age 95

David Ives

Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, passed away on Dec. 5 at age 95. David Ives, executive director of the Albert Schweitzer Institute at Quinnipiac University, is available to comment.

"Nelsen Mandela's death marks the passing of one of the greatest figures in world history," Ives said. "His long battle against apartheid in South Africa included 27 years in an island prison and culminated in becoming the first freely elected president of South Africa. What was most remarkable to me was that he was able to forgive and work with the people who imprisoned him, thus creating a new and inclusive South Africa. As such, he was and always will be a great moral example in terms of how to treat and work with your former enemies and make peace." 

The Albert Schweitzer Institute, which has been affiliated with Quinnipiac since 2002, is committed to introducing Schweitzer's philosophy of "reverence for life" to a broad audience in order to bring about a more civil and ethical human society characterized by respect, responsibility, compassion and service.

To speak to Ives, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations at Quinnipiac, at 203-206-4449 (cell). 

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