Manuel Ayau, the founding president of Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala, passed away on August 4 at the age of eighty-four. As the university’s current president, Giancarlo Ibarguen, rightly notes, Dr. Ayau was an “entrepreneur of ideas” who was “a master synthesizer and communicator of classical liberal thought.”
Dr. Ayau—affectionately referred to as Muso—was “known to lovers of liberty on four continents,” ISI president T. Kenneth Cribb Jr. said in 2005. The stated mission of the esteemed university Dr. Ayau helped found is “to teach and disseminate the ethical, legal, and economic principles of a free and responsible society.” In fulfilling that mission, Mr. Cribb said, Dr. Ayau’s school has become “one of the most remarkable universities in the world,” an institution that “has raised up successive generations of students who possess a profound understanding of the foundations of a free society.”
Mr. Cribb concluded, “I don’t know of any other university which affords so complete an opportunity to study human freedom.”
Dr. Ayau will be missed, but his legacy endures.
Requiescat in pace.