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With deep sorrow, we wish to inform family and friends that Bruce Charles
“Bill” Mollison, the “Father of Permaculture,” has passed away. He departed
peacefully from this world in Hobart, Tasmania, just before 11 pm AEST, on
the 24th of September, 2016.
After founding Permaculture Institute in 1978, he formalized the training of
practitioners, which directly impacted hundreds of thousands of lives, and
indirectly many millions more. For his service to humanity, he was honored
with numerous awards, including the Right Livelihood Award in 1981. But
of all the accolades he received, the one he was most proud of was the
Vavilov Medal, in large part due to the tenacity, courage, and contributions
of the award’s namesake, who Bill considered a personal hero. Bill was also
the first foreigner invited and admitted to the Russian Academy of
Bill will be missed by many who loved him for his strength, courage,
intellect, humor, and benevolence. He gifted so much to the world: a vision
and framework for a positive future, a special concern for developing
countries, and above all, hope.
For those who were his intimates, words are especially difficult, breaking
under the weight of what the heart feels and longs to express.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill’s family and close friends, who
kindly request privacy and space during this difficult grieving period; at
an appropriate time, a public memorial will be announced for those who
wish to formally extend their condolences.
A massive tree in the forest of humanity has fallen. But in keeping with
Bill’s invincible optimism, these verses from the great mystic, Rumi, are
perhaps most appropriate:
Bill, you will never be forgotten.
The above is an official statement of the Permaculture Research Institute, prepared at the request of Bill’s widow, Lisa Mollison.
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