In memoriam Volli Kalm
(10. veebruar 1953 – 23. detsember 2017)

Volli Kalm

23. detsembril 2017 lahkus ootamatult Tartu Ülikooli rektor professor Volli Kalm. Kaotusvalu tunnevad ülikooli töötajad, üliõpilased, vilistlased, koostööpartnerid, sõbrad ja toetajad.

Teil on võimalik jätta oma järelehüüe siia või järelehüüderaamatusse Tartu Ülikooli peahoone fuajees.


Rector Professor Volli Kalm passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Saturday, 23 December 2017. The University’s staff, students, alumni, cooperation partners, friends and supporters are all feeling bereft.

You can leave your message of condolences here or in the book of condolences at the foyer of the University Main Building.

Глубокоуважаемые коллеги!

Коллектив Российского государственного педагогического университета имени А. И. Герцена с глубоким прискорбием встретил известие о скоропостижной кончине ректора университета, профессора Волли Кальма, который долгие годы верно и преданно служил интересам Тартуского университета.

Выдающийся ученый, талантливый руководитель, незаурядный человек, господин Волли Кальма всю свою жизнь положил на алтарь науки.

От лица коллектива и от себя лично хотелось бы выразить искренние соболезнования с невосполнимой утратой.

С уважением,

и. о. проректора по международному сотрудничеству

РГПУ им. А. И. Герцена

Ю. А. Комарова

On behalf of Kiel University I would like to let you know that we are deeply hurt by the death of Professor Volli Kalm, Rector of Tartu University. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
Professor Kalm has been well known as leading scientist in the field of geology and for his dedicated work for Tartu University and his outstanding engagement in the Higher Education System of Estonia and for the Republic of Estonia. These qualities, and others, earned him the highest recognition and respect both within and outside Tartu University. We shall honour and perpetuate his memory.
Please accept the expression of our deepest sympathy, sincerely yours,

Professor Dr. Lutz Kipp
President of Kiel University, Germany

Dear Mrs Elle Pilviste and family,
Dear University of Tartu colleagues,

On behalf of Beijing International Studies University, I would like to express our sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Rector Volli Kalmand and to the University of Tartu on the sudden and unexpected death of Rector Kalm. May he Rest in Peace. He will always be remembered for his contribution to the development of higher education.

Jan. 10, 2018

Ji, Jinbiao
President
Beijing International Studies University, PRC

Dear Mrs Elle Pilviste and family,
Dear University of Tartu colleagues, Dear Universities Estonia members,

We would like to express deep condolences and sincere sympathy to the family and colleagues of our dear friend and colleague VolliKalm, who passed away so suddenly. It was a shock for all of us to learn that Volli is no more.

VolliKalm was an outstanding scientist, a brilliant geologist and, above all, a warm and caring human being. Many of us were particularly proud to be able to call him a friend for many years, a friendship of which we cherish the warmest memories. It was also a particular privilege that he was a member and a President of the INQUA Peribaltic Working Group for many years.

Volli’s work and thinking in the area of the Quaternary Geology were of immense significance, not only for Estonian science, but also for the international scientific development. His contribution to the work of the INQUA Peribaltic Working Group during his time as its Presidentwas particularly important for the strengthening and growth of our international scientific community.

Volli’s passing away is a great loss for all of us. We join his friends and colleagues around the world in paying our tribute to his memory.

January 4, 2018

On behalf of the
INQUA Peribaltic Working Group

Dr. Robert J. Sokołowski (President)
Dr. Olga Druzhinina (Secretary)

On behalf of the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena we would like to express our sincere condolences to the family, friends and to the University of Tartu on the unexpected and sudden death of Rector Kalm.

Walter Rosenthal
President, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

We are deeply sorry to hear the news about the unexpected death of Rector Volli Kalm. On behalf of the University of Lapland, our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Rector Kalm, as well as to the entire University of Tartu.

Rector Mauri Ylä-Kotola
University of Lapland, Finland

On behalf of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University community, I present our deepest condolences on the passing of the Rector of University of Tartu Professor Volli Kalm.

Professor Kalm has been an outstanding leader and a scholar, a good friend of TSU who contributed to building our ever-stronger partnership and forged existing ties between Estonian and Georgian people after he took over the Rector’s position at UT in 2012. Professor Kalm was an indefatigable enthusiast of TSU’s internationalization efforts.

Owing to his perseverance and belief that TSU would soon join its European family universities, the Academic Council of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University made a decision to confer the Honorary Doctorate Degree to Prof. Kalm in November, 2017. His accomplishments will remain as a lasting legacy for our institutions, for the people he worked so hard for.

Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University grieves for Professor Kalm, alongside with University of Tartu community, Estonian people and his family.
Dear Volli, you are in our thoughts and prayers!

Truly yours,

Dr. George Sharvashidze
Rector
Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University

Vaasa, 4th January 2018

To the family, friends, and colleagues of Rector Volli Kalm we offer our condolences on this great loss. I met Volli at several occasions during the recent months, and his passing away has come as a real shock. Volli’s passion for research, education, the University of Tartu, and the role of universities in Europe, was deeply felt and he will be sadly missed.

Jari Kuusisto
Rector,
University of Vaasa

Mälestame head koostööpartnerit Tartu Ülikooli rektor professor Volli Kalmu ja avaldame sügavat kaastunnet lähedastele.

Alar Sepp
Tartu Ülikooli ametiühingu esimees

On behalf of the Administrative Board of Boreas (International Journal of Quaternary Research) I express my deepest condolences to Professor Kalm’s family and the University of Tartu. Volli has served on the Scientific Advisory Board of our journal since 2003. He will remain with us as a great scientist, friend and ambassador of Ice Age research.

Jan A. Piotrowski
Aarhus University
Editor of Boreas

I am very sorry to hear that Volli Kalm, whom I knew from the Scandinavian-Baltic Quaternary community, has passed away and wish to offer my sincere condolences to his family and co-workers.

Helena Alexanderson
Lund University, Sweden

On behalf of the University of the Arts Helsinki I wish to express our sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Rector Volli Kalm. May he Rest in Peace.

Rector Jari Perkiömäki
Uniarts Helsinki

Dear colleagues of the University of Tartu,

On behalf of the whole academic community of Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, I send my condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Rector Professor Volli Kalm. He will always be remembered for his contribution to the development of higher education.

His death is a grievous loss for the academic world, the whole higher education of Europe, the community of University of Tartu and for all who knew, respected and loved him.

Yours sincerely,

Prof. Dr. László Borhy
Rector
Eötvös Loránd University

On behalf of the University of Tampere I would like to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Rector Volli Kalm and to the University of Tartu on the sudden and unexpected death of Rector Kalm.

Rector Liisa Laakso
University of Tampere

It was a shocking news at the end of the year. I pass my my deepest condolonces to the the family

Leszek Marks
University of Warsaw, Poland

Dear colleagues and friends of the University of Tartu,

On behalf of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń I would like to express my deep condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Rector Volli Kalm. Volli was a very good friend and made many contributions to building strong scientific cooperation within the INQUA Peribaltic Working Group society.

Prof. Wojciech Wysota
Vice-Rector for International Cooperation and Economic Environment Liaison
Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland

The message of Volli Kalm’s sudden and tragic passing was a great shock. I met Volli first time 2008 during INQUA Peribaltic Working Group and remember his great mind. He was a person with strong will and a warm heart. He was a source of inspiration and support for many peaple around him. The international Quaternary society lost an engaged and dedicated colleague. With my deepest condolences to Volli Kalm’ family, friends, and to all colleagues at University of Tartu.
Goodbye dear friend and God bless.
Yours
Andreas Börner
Geological Survey, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany

We were deeply sorry to hear the sad news about Rector Volli Kalm. On behalf of the Oulu Mining School, University of Oulu, we would like to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Rector Volli Kalm and to the University of Tartu. Our thoughts are with you in these difficult times.

Professor Juha Lunkka
Oulu Mining School, University of Oulu
Finland

To all colleagues and friends of the University of Tartu,

University of Tartu is for decades now a trustful partner we deeply cherish and honour. The loss of its main leader professor Volli Kalm is perceived also as our personal loss. On behalf of „Nicolae Testemitanu” State University of Medicine and Pharmacy from the Republic of Moldova, please accept our sincere heartfelt condolences. Is a matter of great grieve and sorrow to lose such a dedicated, visionary professional as rector Kalm was. His death occurred as a big jolt to all of us. But in these difficult times of morning, our hearts echo primarily in sincere empathy with Mr. Kalms family and close friends, who will miss him most.
May his soul rest in peace now!

Sincerely,

Rector
Ion Ababii
“Nicolae Testemitanu” State University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Republic of Moldova

We are deeply saddened by the news and want to extend our warmest condolences to the family, friends and the whole university.

Karen Spens
Rector
Hanken School of Economics, Finland

On behalf of the Embassy of Ireland and the Irish community in Estonia I wish to express our sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues on the tragic and sudden passing away of Professor Kalm. I had the great pleasure to meet him when I first came to Estonia and I was struck by how genuine, sincere, dynamic and positive a person he was. A gentleman and a scholar, he will be greatly missed.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis
Frank Flood
Ambassador of Ireland to Estonia

Dear friends of the University of Tartu,

I was greatly shocked to learn about this tragic news. As a Master’s student, I appreciate all the academic accomplishments of the University achieved under Rector Kalm’s leadership.

I extend my deepest sympathy to his family and the University staff and students. May his soul rest in perfect peace.

Yours,

Matin Mammadli
Master’s student from Azerbaijan
Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies
University of Tartu

“Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.”

– Mary Elizabeth Frye (1932)

My deepest condolences and strength for the family & other close ones.

Anna-Elina Ahola, meditsiiniteaduskonna tudeng

On behalf of the Universities Finland we offer our depest condoleances to the family, friends and colleagues of Rector Kalm.
Our thoughts are with you. The best one’s are taken back first.
Rector Jukka Mönkkönen, Chair
Executive Director Leena Wahlfors
Universities Finland

Dear colleagues of the University of Tartu,

The news of the sudden and unexpected death of your rector Volli Kalm reached us recently and left us in disbelieve and shock. In the relatively short time of our cooperation within the Guild Network, he stood up as a great advocate for international cooperation and as someone who showed commitment to accomplish his vision, for your university, for Estonian higher education and for the Guild.

The University of Tartu has lost a passionate leader. Our thoughts at this difficult time are with you.

On behalf of the Radboud community,
Daniel Wigboldus, President

We were deeply touched by the sad news of Rector Volli Kalm’s passing. Our heartfelt condolences to the family as well as to the University of Tartu. RIP.

Ari Kokko
Department of International Economics and Geography
Copenhagen Business School

Dear colleagues and friends of the University of Tartu,

We are deeply sorry to hear the sad news about the loss of Rector, Professor and colleague Volli Kalm. I had the honour and pleasure to meet Rector Kalm at several occasions and highly appreciated his sincere commitment to education, collaboration and the role of universities in Europe.
On behalf of the University of Graz we would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Rector Volli Kalm as well as to the entire University of Tartu. Our thoughts are with you in these difficult times. Yours,

Christa Neuper
Rector, University of Graz, Austria
January 3, 2018

May his soul rest in perfect peace, I will always remember him in our thouths,
perfect colleaque,
Juras Banys
Vilnius University

Erakordselt kurb oli täna kuulda professor Volli Kalmu lahkumisest. Kogu minu aja üliõpilasesinduses oli rektor Kalm avatud üliõpilaste mõtetele ja me olime tema laua taga oodatud osapool. Nagu kirjutasin ka pärast kevadisi rektorivalimisi: “… talle ei ole kunagi liiast läheneda asjale maalähedaselt, hoida praktilist tulevikunägemust, ja mis seal salata, rebida tudengitega ka mõni asjakohane huumorikild.” (https://www.ajakiri.ut.ee/artikkel/2348)

Suurim kaastunne lähedastele ja ma usun, et olulised muutused, mida Volli Kalm oma rektoriajal algatas ja ellu viis, jäävad püsima ja muudavad ülikooli paljude jaoks paremaks.

Reelika Alunurm
TÜ üliõpilaskonna endine esimees

I wish to offer my sincere condolences on the passing of Rector Volli Kalm, on behalf of the all academic community of the University of Padova . Our thoughts are with you in these difficult times.

Yours,
Prof. Rosario Rizzuto – Rector of University of Padova

May your soul rest in perfect peace, and the Lord will keep those that you left behind.

Suur kaotus. Kaastunne perekonnale.

Nadežda Karpilo, õigusteaduskonna tudeng.

Nii ootamatult ränk, liiga varane ja äärmiselt kurb lahkumine. Usun, et Volli Kalm isegi ei aimanud, milline otsene mõju oli ning on tema tegudel ja olekul väga paljudele.
Oma väliselt olekult tundus ta karm ja jäik, kuid tegelikkuses oli tegemist suurepärase võrratu juhiga ja visionääriga, kes nägi kõiges alati väga laia tervikpilti, juhiga, keda jääb iseloomustama suur süda, mõistmine ja inimlikkus.
Südamlik kaastunne kõigile, kes temaga otseseslt või kaudselt kokku puutusid ning loodan, et tema algatatu viiakse väärikalt väärika lõpuni.

Endine kolleeg

Kathmandu, 31 December 2017

I am deeply saddened by the news of Volli Kalm’s loss.

God rest his soul in peace!

Hari Prasad Nepal

Hüvasti,
kallis tädipoeg Volli!
Sinu nii ootamatu ja arusaamatu lahkumine on äärmiselt kurb ja jätab hinge tohutu tühjuse.
Oleme sügavas leinas, tunneme südamest kaasa armsale Ellele ja poegadele!

Onutütar Tiiu Vilimaa
abikaasa Ülo ja tütred
Katiliina Gielen, Mariliina von Uexküll, Karoliina Pennarun.

Sügav kaastunne lähedastele Volli Kalmu kaotuse puhul!

Avaldan sügavat kaastunnet Volli Kalmu lähedastele.
Mait Metspalu
Eesti Biokeskus

Ma näen, aga ei vaata. Ma leian, aga ei kaota. Ei mõtle sinule, kui silmad sulen, ometi unenäos su juurde tulen. Armastan päeva, kuid öösiti ärkan. Olen hajameelne, aga kõike märkan. Reegleid järgides neid purustan. Kõike mäletan, vahel iseennast unustan. Olen tugev, kuid vajan sind. Olen tuvi, vahel sinilind. Kallistan, aga ei puutu. Olen muutlik, kuid ei muutu. Joostes seisan paigal. Naeratades pisaraid peidan. Olen kerge, aga rõhun, Tahan luua, aga lõhun. Olen eksinud, kuid su leian. Lasen minna, aga südames hoian. Olen suur, aga ometi väike. Olen kuu, kuid kõrvetan kui päike. Olen vaikne, aga räägin palju. Vahel näed mind, vahel mu varju.. ütlen hüvasti, kuid ei lähe. Olen liiga palju, aga ikka veel vähe. Olen harjumus, millega sa iial ei harju. Mul on valus, aga ma ei karju. Ei ole ma igavik- olen vaid hetk. Ei ole sihtpunkt- olen su retk. Olen päev, mil säravad tähed. Saadan su ära, kuid ei taha, et lähed. Ma haavan, kuid ei purusta. Tahan teada, kuid ei küsi. Olen vaid HETK, mis EI püsi!
Kaastunne lähedastele ja tervele TÜ perele

I was looking forward to meet you when my school term begins on 12th February, 2018 just to hear of your sudden passing. May your gentle soul rest in the bosom of the Lord. Rector, Rest in Perfect Peace. And may perpetual light shine before you. Amen

INNOCENT KWAME BEDI
Incoming PhD Educational Science Student

Hüvasti rektor Volli Kalm. Südamlik kaastunne lähedastele. Heidi-Ingrid ja Jaak Maaroos

Volli Kalm was a person with strong will and a warm heart, and he was a great visionary. He was a source of inspiration and support for many around him. He contributed greatly to universities both in Estonia and internationally. One of the universities’ most faithful and loyal members has left us.

I learned to know Volli within Coimbra network, where we both have been active within the rector’s advisory board for several years. Volli Kalm has also contributed significantly within the Guild of European research-intensive universities during an important formative period of the network. I do believe, his rector colleagues within the Guild, will remember him of his great hospitality during our General Assembly meeting in Tartu earlier this autumn. We will especially remember his personal and initiated guided tour during the bus tour from Tallinn to Tartu and the quiz later at the dinner. We have lost an engaged and dedicated colleague in the Guild and a member of the board.

I could experience his work and visions as Rector Magnificus more closely as a member of the Tartu’s Council, and I became really impressed by his leadership. His reflective and wise way of reasoning has made lifelong impression on me.
I will sorely miss rector Volli Kalm and remember all his contributions with warmth, reverence and gratitude.

My deepest sympathy and condolences to Volli Kalm’s family and friends – and to all colleagues and students at University of Tartu.

Eva Åkesson Uppsala University Sweden

Dear colleagues and friends at the University of Tartu,

It is with great sadness that we learned about the sudden and untimely death of Rector Kalm. We will always remember him for his many valuable contributions to the long-standing and strong partnership between our universities. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues, to whom we would like to extend our sincere condolences.

On behalf of the University of Konstanz
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Ulrich Rüdiger, Rector
Prof. Dr. Nicole Dehé, Vice Rector for Internationalisation and Equal Opportunities
Dr. Johannes Dingler, Director of International Office
Agnieszka Vojta, Coordinator, International Office

It was a great shock Volli Kalm’s sudden and tragic passing. This was especially so since my wife Reba and I had earlier in the month spent a nearly a week — mostly with him — in Tartu at the Uiniversity of Tartu marking the 98th Anniversary of Estonia’s national un8iversity.

The Harry and Reba Huge Foundation have had a decades long rich and wonderful relationship with the University of Tartu, and with Volli. With the United States universities — Nebraska Wesleyan University, College of Charleston, and the Citadel, Volli had great and growing friendships with all of us — and we were all impressed with his intellectual and spiritual depth. We were all saddened by h is passing, and the loss of the opportiunity to continue working and growing with him. We will remember and honor him well. Goodbye dear friend and God bless. Harry and Reba Huge

On jõulude aeg ja mõtiskluste aeg. Laste kilgete kõrvale on tuppa hiilinud ühelt poolt kurbus ja tõdemus, et see kuhugi ei kao, kuid teisalt ka tänulikkus ja võimalus seda kirkalt elatud elu tähistada.

Ta oli läbi paljude aastate nii eeskuju kui hea toetaja ja kaasamõtleja. Kas esmalt võis tema konkreetne toon ja selge pilk kohmetuks teha? Kindlasti, kuid selle taga avanes heatahtlik ja põhimõttekindel hoiak, mida ei pidanud pikalt otsima ning mis oli algusest peale sümpaatne. Ta ütles väga selgelt, mida mõtles. Vestlused temaga olid tänu sellele sisukad ning koostöö edasiviiv ja huvitav. Mul on hea meel, et sain sellest osa nii tudengipõlves kui ka hiljem, kui peale Yale’i lõpetamist ülikooli tööle tulin. Ta kandis visiooni ja tegutses selle teostamise nimel. Ta julgustas astuma samm haaval, kui kõike võimalikku kohe ei jõua, ja ei kõhelnud hetkegi, kui sai toetada hea sõnaga. Ta oli tõeliselt innustav ja inspireeriv. Loodan, et paljudele.

Helen Eenmaa-Dimitrieva
Teadur, järeldoktorant, TÜ IT-õiguse õppe- ja teadusprogrammi looja

Sugav kaastunne Kalmu perele.

Siobhan Kattago
praktilise filosoofia vanemteadur

Dear colleagues and friends of the University of Tartu,

On behalf of the University of Groningen I offer sincere condoleances to the family, friends and colleagues of Rector Kalm of the University of Tartu. Our thoughts are with you in these difficult times. Yours,

Elmer Sterken
Rector Magnificus University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Austatud Alma Materi pere!
Volli Kalmu ootamatu ja enneaegse surmaga kaotasime Eesti väljapaistva teadus- ja haridustegelase, geoloogiateadlase, TAN-i liikme ja Tartu Ülikooli Rektori. Teda mälestades jääb meelde Volli sümpaatne ja selge visioon Eesti haridus- ja teadusmaastikust, ausus, otsekohesus ja järjepidev töö Eesti arengu ning parema tuleviku nimel. Vollil oli isikupärane anne näha suurt pilti, haarata sisulist ning painutada formaalsused selle sisu ümber, mitte vastupidi. Volli sõna pidas ja maksis, arvamused võisid olla karmid, aga olid pea alati õiglased ning tulid soojast südamest.
Volli Kalmu mälestades avaldan sügavat kaastunnet omastele, sõpradele ja Tartu Ülikoolile.
Raivo Stern
KBFI juhtivteadur, direktor 2006-2016

I would like to express my deep condolences to Prof. Kalm’s family and to the whole UT community. Thank you for all the great commitment, dedication and work You have shown and done for the university, students and UT employees. Your legacy will never be forgotten.

Anna Beitane
UT alumna and employee

Dear colleagues and friends of the University of Tartu,

On behalf of the University of Groningen I offer sincere condoleances to the family, friends and colleagues of Rector Kalm of the University of Tartu. Our thoughts are with you in these difficult times. Yours,

Elmer Sterken
Rector Magnificus University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Jääme leinama suurte mõtete ja suurte tegudega meest.

Heikki Junninen
Keskonnafüüsika labor
Atmosfääri mass-spektromeetria töörühm
SMEAR Estonia

Lihtsa üliõpilasena polnud mul rektoriga kordagi isiklikku kokkupuudet. Ometi on terve ülikool mingil moel rektori nägu. Ja nii on tema otsused ja valikud olnud ühel või teisel viisil ka selle taga, et Tartu Ülikooli astudes leidsin suure ja anonüümse masinavärgi asemel, kus igaüks peab enda eest ise võitlema, eest hoopis südamliku ja pühendunud toetusvõrgustiku, ülikooli, mille töötajad tõepoolest hoolivad sellest, et tudeng õppetööst maksimumi võtta saaks. Aitäh selle eest – minu esimesed aastad ülikoolis on olnud palju toredamad, kui loota julgesin.

Südamlik kaastunne, jõudu ja lohutust ülevalt perekonnale.

2. aasta tudeng humanitaarteaduste ja kunstide valdkonnast

Suurepärasele rektorile ja juhile, kes andis môôtmatu panuse Eesti teaduse ja kôrghariduse arengusse. Sügav kaastunne Prof. Volli Kalmu lähedastele ja tervele ülikooliperele.
Triinu Visnapuu, teadur, Molekulaar- ja Rakubioloogia Instituut; järeldoktorant, Taani Tehnikaülikool

Professor may your humble soul rest in perfect peace.

Osa sündmusi läheb mööda jälgi jätmata, osa saab märgilise tähenduse. Rektor Volli Kalmu ootamatu surm jõulueelsel ajal vapustas kogu ülikooliperet, Eesti avalikkust ja partnerülikoolide kaudu paljusid Euroopa riike. Elu hapruse ja inimese ajalikkuse tajumine paneb mõtlema selle üle, kui piiratud on see aeg, mis on meile antud oma sihtide poole liikumiseks ja eluplaanide teostamiseks.

2016. aasta suvel, kui käisime koos Sinuga Konstanzi ülikooli 50. juubelil, rääkisime sellest, et me keegi ei tea, kui palju aega meile on antud. Sa ütlesid siis, et oled juba elanud kauem kui Su isa ja loodad, et Sulle on rohkem antud. Kahjuks said tõeks Betti Alveri sõnad: “Kõike võib tahta, karta ja loota. Seda, mis tuleb – mitte keegi ei oota.”

Volli, Sa olid väärikas rektor. Sa tundsid ja armastasid oma alma materit. Sa täitsid rektori ametit suure kohusetunde ja pühendumusega. Ülikool jääb Sind mäletama kui sirgeselgset ja kindlameelset juhti, kes pidas oluliseks nii ülikooli rahvusvahelist nähtavust ja koostööd kui ka rahvusliku haritlaskonna kujundamist, eesti keele ja kultuuri hoidmist ning emakeelse teaduskeele arendamist. Aitäh Sulle, et pühendasid oma elu meie armsa alma materi teenimisele! Sügav kaastunne Ellele, poegadele ja teistele lähedastele.
Langetan leinas pea.

Margit Sutrop

On behalf of myself and the Embassy of the United States, please accept our deepest condolences on the shocking and untimely passing of Rector Volli Kalm. Volli was a devoted friend and made many contributions to building the incredibly strong ties between Estonia and the United States, especially in the field of education. We will always cherish his memory and hope Volli’s family, his colleagues and his many, many friends find comfort in the outstanding life and example that he leaves behind.
James D. Melville, Jr.
Ambassador of the United States of America
Tallinn, Estonia

Kallis Volli!
Miks küll? Jääbki mõistmatuks. Olid meile eeskujuks – nii vaimses kui füüsilises mõttes…
Ikka ja alati sinu LT

Südamlik kaastunne Teie perele, Tartu Ülikoolile, kui Tartu linnale.

Karl, Tartu Ülikooli tudeng

Mulle tundub, et igal ülikooli töötajal, kes juhtkonnaga rohkem kokku puutub, on n-ö oma rektor. See, kelle otsused ja sageli ka muud ütlemised-tegemised tema tööd mõjutavad. Sellisel juhul oli minu rektor kindlasti Volli Kalm.

Juhtival kohal võib paljudel siht silme eest kaduda. Rohkem hakatakse jälgima numbreid ja vähem inimesi. Ülikoolis nii teha ei saa. Ja Volli seda ei teinudki. Igas intervjuus ja tihti ka senati istungitel tuletas ta kõigile teistele meelde üliõpilaste olulisust ülikoolis.

Ülikool ei ole äriettevõte, kus kasumit taga ajada või sotsiaalmeediaplatvorm, mille põhieesmärk on klikke koguda. Ülikooli idee on algusest peale anda inimestele haridust, keskenduda sellele, et see oleks kvaliteetne ja ajakohane. Volli Kalm seisis alati selle eest, et Tartu ülikool käiks ajaga kaasas ja oleks alati üliõpilaste jaoks olemas. Haridus oli tema jaoks väga tähtis.

Kui Kalm esimest korda rektoriks valiti, uurisin tema kunagiste õpetajate käest Vändras, milline inimene ta kooliajal oli. Nüüd, aastaid hiljem võin enda kogemusele toetudes väita, et ilmselt ta ajaga suurt ei muutunud. Ka ülikooli juhtides oli Volli asjalik, kohusetundlik, konkreetne ja põhimõttekindel mees. Ta oli aus ja kindlameelne juht, kelle süda oli õiges kohas ja kelle üle ülikool võib veel pikka aega uhke olla. Kahju ainult, et seda aega Vollile endale rohkem ei jagunud…

Sügav kaastunne omastele ja loomulikult tervele ülikooliperele.

Merilyn Merisalu
ajakirja Universitas Tartuensis peatoimetaja 2013–2016

I would like to express my deep sorrow for the loss of our Rector Volli Kalm and my most sincere condolences to his family and to the whole UT community.
I had the honour and the privilege to enjoy his manners and style since September 2012, when I moved to Tartu, during the first of many receptions organized by him for the UT international staff. Rector Kalm’s actions, spirit, and committment with live in each of our University’s future achievements.
Sit tibi terra levis.

Stefano Braghiroli
Lecturer of European Studies
Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu

Väga kurb, et Volli Kalm elavate seast nii vara ära kutsuti. Ta jääb meelde kui missioonitundlik ülikoolijuht ja hea inimene.

Jüri Talvet

It was with great sadness that I received the news of Rector Volli Kalm’s sudden passing away.

I had the privilege and pleasure to work side by side with him during my time as Chair of the Executive Board of the Coimbra Group of Universities, where he was a very active member and was serving his second term on the Rectors’ Advisory Group. His advice was always valuable, wise and loyal, as were his many contributions to the collective work of our network of longstanding research universities. He will be sorely missed within the Coimbra Group and beyond.

My thoughts are with the University of Tartu, with his family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time.

Prof. Dorothy Kelly
Vice Rector for Internationalization, University of Granada
Former Chair of the Executive Board of the Coimbra Group

On behalf of the University of Granada, I would like to express our great sadness at the unexpected passing away of Rector Volli Kalm. He was a wise leader, a committed partner, and a true believer in international cooperation. Our deep condolences to the University of Tartu, and to his family and friends at this difficult time.

Prof. Pilar Aranda
Rector of the University of Granada

On behalf of myself and the Embassy of the United States, please accept our deepest condolences on the shocking and untimely passing of Rector Volli Kalm. Volli was a devoted friend and made many contributions to building the incredibly strong ties between Estonia and the United States, especially in the field of education. We will always cherish his memory and hope Volli’s family, his colleagues and his many, many friends find comfort in the outstanding life and example that he leaves behind.
James D. Melville, Jr.
Ambassador of the United States of America
Tallinn, Estonia

Dublin, 29th January 2017

To the family, friends, and colleagues of Rector Volli Kalm we offer our condolences on his death. I met Volli at several meetings over the years, and hosted him in Dublin on one occasion, and his death has come as a real shock. His passion for education, the University of Tartu, and the role of universities in Europe, was deeply felt and he will be sadly missed.

Patrick Prendergast
President & Provost,
Trinity College Dublin

Dear Friends and Colleagues at the University of Tartu,

On behalf of the Board of Governors; the professors, staff, and students; and the alumni of Nebraska Wesleyan University, I offer our deep sympathy to all of you at the University of Tartu on the sudden, unexpected, and tragic death of Rector Volli Kalm. We extend our sympathy to his family as well.

We admired Rector Kalm for his humanity, his leadership, his scholarly achievement, his devotion to learning and to his country. We are proud to be in partnership with the University of Tartu. We appreciate all that Rector Kalm did to extend and deepen the relationship between our universities.

Please know that you are with us in spirit on Saturday as you commemorate his life.

Sincerely yours,

Frederik Ohles, President
Nebraska Wesleyan University
Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

Aitäh, et Te olite. Ülikool oli turvaliselt juhitud, ilma et Teid oleks saatnud mingi aupaiste oreool või superstaari meediasära. Aga see vist ongi väga hea juhi omadus, et kõik funktsioneerib kuidagi iseenesestmõistetavalt. Kurb ja jahmatav, kui habras on elu…

We are deeply sorry to hear the sad news about the loss of Rector, Professor and geologist Volli Kalm. Please accept our deepest condolences to Volli’s family and the University of Tartu staff. It has been an honor to known such a great person and colleague.

On behalf of the Department of Geosciences and Geology, University of Helsinki

Professor Juha Karhu
Professor emeritus Veli-Pekka Salonen

Mälestame rektor Volli Kalmu, avara meele, sügava sisu, vaheda sõna ja tegusa loomuga mõttekaaslast ja kriitilist sõpra. Tühjus, mis Sinu lahkumisega tekkis, on määratu. Avaldame kaastunnet lähedastele ja kolleegidele.
Eesti Kõrg- ja Kutsehariduse Kvaliteediagentuur

It was with deep sorrow and sadness that we heard the totally unexpected and shocking news about the passing away of rector Volli Kalm.

Volli was, then as vice-rector, one of the founding fathers of BSRUN in Turku in February 2000. Under his wise leadership the University of Tartu had recently gained more international prominence than ever before in global academic rankings and in the establishment of new interesting endeavors like the Guild and the CE7-LERU group. Much was still to be done…

Personally, I had the pleasure of knowing him since the 1990’s when the link between The University of Turku and Tartu was enhanced again. We met last month to catch up with recent developments in the Baltic Sea region and explored some avenues for the future he had in mind…

Our thoughts are with his family, those near and dear to him and the whole academic community of Tartu Ülikool.

Kari Hyppönen
President

Baltic Sea Region University Network (BSRUN)

Dear Partners at Tartu University

From Universidad Mayor in Chile, we extend our sincere condolences to the early early passes away of your distinguished Rector Dr. Volli Kalm. Undoubtedly his commitment to education and its quality is one of the best legacies left to Tartu University.

Our universities are united by the bilateral cooperation agreement and we will always be proud of the legacy of the Rector Dr. Kalm.

Our feeling to the Rector’s family and our colleagues at Tartu University.

René Lara
Vice President
International Programs
Universidad Mayor, Chile

I would like to express my sincere condolences for the unexpected death of the Rector prof. Volli Kalm. On behalf of the entire University of Bologna, please accept our sympathy.

Francesco Ubertini
Rector Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna
Italy

Dear colleagues from Tartu University,

It is with deep sorrow that we heard about the sudden death of Rector Volli Kalm. He was a true European and a dedicated leader of the university who was strongly committed to higher education.

We greatly sympathize with you over this loss. Our thoughts are with Volli Kalm’s family and with all his colleagues at Tartu University.

For the President’s Office of the University of Tübingen

Bernd Engler, President and Vice-Chancellor
Karin Amos, Vice-President for Academic Affairs
Monique Scheer, Vice-President for International Affairs
Peter Grathwohl, Vice-President for Research and Innovation
Andreas Rothfuß, Executive Vice-President

Georgian graduates of Tartu University would like to express our sincere condolences for the recent loss of Rector Volli Kalm.

Irina Chkhikvishvili

Leinas ja sügavat kaastunnet perele paluv,

Erkki Truve, endine bio-geo, nagu ka Volli

Dear colleagues from Tartu University,

It is with deep sorrow that we heard about the sudden death of Rector Volli Kalm. He was a true European and a dedicated leader of the university who was strongly committed to higher education.

We greatly sympathize with you over this loss. Our thoughts are with Volli Kalm’s family and with all his colleagues at Tartu University.

For the President’s Office of the University of Tübingen

Bernd Engler, President and Vice-Chancellor
Karin Amos, Vice-President for Academic Affairs
Monique Scheer, Vice-President for International Affairs
Peter Grathwohl, Vice-President for Research and Innovation
Andreas Rothfuß, Executive Vice-President

I am sorry to start our mandate with the sad news about Rector Volli Kalm. On behalf of the University of Salamanca we would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Rector Volli Kalm as well as to all members of the University of Tartu.

Prof. Dr. Efrem YILDIZ
Vice-president of International Relations
University of Salamanca

Nii ootamatult, nii äkki, nii vara lahkusid Sa Volli. Väga oleks tahtnud seda jääaja värki veel Sinult kuulda, lugeda. Ehk kohtad mammuteid jt jääaja pudulojuseid seal teispoolsuses? Nad ju ammu enne meie aega sinna sattunud. Aga pole viga, varem või hiljem tuleme Sulle seltsiks ja saame kõiksugu igavikulistel/iidsetel teemadel arutleda. Seni aga jääme Sind siinpoolsuses igatsema ja Sinust puudust tundma. Eesti on kaotanud ühe Suure Inimese. Kui kahju!

Lembi Lõugas
paleozooloog
Tallinna Ülikool

Armsad lähedased, sõbrad, kolleegid, tuttavad!

Põgusad tööalased kohtumised Volliga jätsid helge tunde. Ma ei häbene enda tööandjat meenutades öelda Volli, sest vaatamata kõrgele positsioonile oli temas kodune lihtsus, sõbralikkus, tähelepanelikkus, mõnus huumor.
Ühel töötajate kokkusaamisel räägiti suurejoonelistest koolitusnumbritest. Ettekande ära kuulates ja töötajaid tänades ütles Volli: ” Suured numbrid on muidugi toredad asjad, aga ma väga loodan, et tulevikus hakatakse rohkem hindama väikesele grupile läbiviidud koolitusi, sest nii jõutakse paremini iga inimeseni!”

23. detsembril puudutas teade Volli ootamatust surmast väga paljusid.

Jääme meenutama tema panust ülikooli arengusse, teadusesse.

Kaastunne omastele.

Volli!

Kurb – läks nii, et pidid lahkuma… Olnut meenutama jäid nii mõnedki meie jutuajamised ja kirjadki, sealhulgas ka ELIIDI koolitamise küsimustes, tingimustes, kus iga inimene (ka üliõpilane) on oma vaimu olemuselt ainulaadne, eriline, kordumatu, andekas… Aitäh olnu eest.
Lahkumise peamiseks põhjuseks saab olla vaid see, et võtsid muudatuste elluviimisel enesele ülemäära suure vastutuse

Lugupidamisega, Endel Peets

I’m truly sorry about the passing of rector Volli Kalm. I had the opportunity to serve with him as members of the Rector’s Advisory Group of the Coimbra Groups of historic European universities and appreciate his clear vision of the university system and of the role of the universities in our world. We shared a lot of nice meetings in an atmosphere of open discussions and collaboration. We will miss him.

Daniel Hernandez Ruiperez
Professor of Geometry and Topology.
Former rector
Universidad de Salamanca

On my personal capacity and on behalf of the entire of the friends and colleagues of the University of Pavia I want to share with the Community of Tartu University the sorrow for the loss of Rector Volli Kalm.
Let me send to Tartu University the condolences of the University of Pavia.

Fabio Rugge, Rector University of Pavia

It is still too hard to beleive that such a wonderful person, expert, leader and real European passed away.
Volli represented a model of wisdom and kindness. It was a joy to work with him.
He will be missed!!!

Prof.PhDr.Lenka Rovná,CSc.
Vice Rector for European Affairs
Charles University Prague

We were sorry to hear the sad news about Rector Volli Kalm. He was dedicated to his work in developing the University of Tartu and to promote collaboration between universities.

On behalf of the University of Jyväskylä we would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Rector Volli Kalm as well as to the entire University of Tartu.

Keijo Hämäläinen Matti Manninen
Rector Rector emeritus

On behalf of the staff and students of the National University of Ireland Galway, I offer sincere condolences to the family of Rector Kalm and to the University of Tartu community on the sudden and unexpected death of Rector Kalm. You are in our thoughts at this sad and very difficult time.

Jim Browne
President, NUI Galway.
December 29th 2017.

Olen südames Teiega Teie suures kurbuses.

Kristiina Häikiö
Helsingin yliopisto

We were sorry to hear the sad news about Rector Volli Kalm.

On behalf of the University of Jyväskylä we would like to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Rector Volli Kalm and to the University of Tartu.

On behalf of the U.S. Embassy in Tallinn, let me express our profound sadness at the unexpected loss of a good colleague and partner Rector Volli Kalm. Dr. Kalm’s deep and abiding commitment to educational and cultural exchanges with the United States helped students and faculty benefit on both sides of the Atlantic. His willingness to find new avenues for collaboration with American scholars and institutions contributed to our strong bilateral relationship, and his partnership and enthusiasm will be sorely missed. We send our deepest condolences to his family, friends, students and colleagues.

Elizabeth Horst
Chargé d’ Affaires
U.S. Embassy Tallinn

On behalf of KU Leuven I would like to offer our condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of rector Volli Kalm. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you all as you struggle through the sadness of his passing.

Be assured of our sincere thoughts at this difficult time.

Luc Sels
Rector
KU Leuven

Südamlik, siiras, erudeeritud ja laia silmaringiga professor. Inimene suure algustähega!!!
Puhka rahus!
Annika

On behalf of Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland, USA I share my deepest condolences with the University of Tartu at the passing of Professor Kalm. Here at Salisbury University will remember him always as an advocate behind the partnership between our universities.

As a citizen of Salisbury, Maryland, Tartu, Estonia’s Sister City, I equally share in your loss as a sister shares in the suffering of her sister. My deepest regrets and warmest wishes to Professor Kalm’s family, to the University of Tartu family, and to all the citizens of my Sister City.

Warmly,

Brian N. Stiegler, PhD
Assistant Provost for International Education
Salisbury University
Salisbury, Maryland USA

We are truly sorry to hear of the loss of Rector Professor Volli Kalm. It was an honor to have known such a great person and colleague. Please accept our condolences and forward our deepest sympathies to the closest family and staff.

Sincerely yours,

Eva Wiberg
Vice Chancellor
University of Gothenburg

I am deeply sadden to hear about Rector Professor Volli Kalm’s unexpected passing. Please know that my thoughts are with his family and with the larger University of Tartu community during this difficult time.

Best regards,

Jean Chambaz

Président
Sorbonne Universites

Dear Colleagues,

I have been shocked with the message informing of Volli’s passing away.
We shall all remember him as a just and friendly person, always
offering help and service to others. In completing his undertaken
tasks he showed commitment, deep understanding and a thorough will
to help and contribute to the best possible solutions of occurring
problems. Especially worth remembering from our point of view are
his engagement in developing The Guild as a network and as a meeting
place for friends from all parts of Europe. He demonstrated that skills
especially convincingly acting as our host during the Tallin/Tartu
meeting last October.
All the colleagues from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow share
the sorrow of losing a good Friend and join our hearts with Volli’s
family, friends and coworkers from the University of Tartu.

Please accept our condolences with the loss of Rector Volli Kalm, we like to extend our deepest sympathies with the University of Tartu, his friends and family. We have worked well together and he will be remembered as a gentle and intelligent man.

Kind Regards,

Danny Pieters
Jef Schrooten

gerade erreicht mich die traurige Nachricht, das Rektor Kalm unerwartet vor zwei Tagen gestorben ist. Gestatten Sie mir, Ihnen und der Universität, zugleich im Namen meiner Frau, auf diesem Wege zu kondolieren und Ihnen meine herzliche Anteilnahme zu bekunden, die Sie bitte auch der Familie Rektor Kalm weitergeben möchten.

Der unerwartete, plötzliche Verlust des Rektors ist für die Universität keine einfache Zeit. Mit meinen Gedanken bin ich bei Ihnen, und dies umso mehr, als meine Frau und ich uns immer wieder gerne an die unvergesslichen Tage bei Ihnen vor einem Jahr erinnern, so auch jetzt, während ich dies schreibe.
In anteilnehmendem Gedenken,
Ihr
Stefan Schreiner

Austatud Tartu Ülikooli pere!

Volli Kalmu ootamatu surmaga olema kaotanud Eesti ühe olulisima teadus- ja hariduse teerajaja, geoloogiateadlase, TAN-i liikme ja Tartu Ülikooli Rektori professor Volli Kalmu. Teda mälestades on jäänud meelde Volli Kalmu sügavad teadmised ja visioon Eesti hariduse ja teaduse arendamisest ausus, otsekohesus ja jätkuv töö Eesti arengu nimel.
Professor Volli Kalmu mälestust austades avaldan sügavat kaastunned omastele, sõpradele ja Tartu Ülikoolile.
Sügava austusega,

Akadeemik Mart Saarma

Dear Colleagues,
It is hard to believe that Volli Kalm has passed away. He was such a strong and brilliant colleague, his commitment to The Guild was impeccable. I wish to express my condolences to his family and colleagues.
Best wishes,
Antoine
Antoine Caze
Professor of American Literature
Vice-president of International Affairs
Universite Paris Diderot Paris 7

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the unexpected death of Volli Kalm, Rector of the University of Tartu. Volli graduated from the University of Tartu in 1976. He then joined the university as a member of staff in 1981, and in 1984 he obtained his doctorate in geology.

A professor since 1992, Volli served as Vice-Rector of the University of Tartu between 1998 and 2003, and as Chairman of the Board of the Estonian Research Council in 2012. He was elected Rector of the University of Tartu that same year, and was re-elected in 2017.

As Rector, Volli oversaw the university’s rise in the international rankings to one of the top 350 institutions worldwide. Volli’s personal commitment to the university’s international engagement was expressed in his membership of the Rectors’ Advisory Group of the Coimbra Group of Universities, and the European Universities Association’s Expert Group on Smart Specialisation.

Under Volli’s leadership, the University of Tartu became a dedicated member of the Guild at its public launch in November 2016. In recognition of his commitment, he was elected Treasurer and Member of the Board in June 2017.

During the Estonian Presidency of the EU in Autumn 2017, the university hosted a Vice-Presidents’ meeting as well as the General Assembly, and the energy and enterprise with which he hosted these meetings were characteristic of his wider engagement in the Guild.

We will greatly miss his contributions, his ideas, and his experience. We have appreciated not only his knowledge and leadership, but also his passion for his homeland, and his great sense of humour. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Volli’s family, his friends, and the many colleagues he inspired. His untimely death is a great loss.
The Guild

Literally a minute ago, I received the very sad message that Rector Kalm unexpectedly and untimely passed away two days ago. Please accept my condolences coming from the depth of my heart, and allow me to express this way my sympathy with your and your university’s sorrow and grief. For the university it is not an easy time now; my thoughts and spirit are with you, the more so, as time and again I still remember the unforgettable days a year ago, so also now when writing these words.
Sincerely, yours
Stefan Schreiner

Dear members of the University of Tartu,

This news is very sad and shocking, indeed. The sudden, unexpected death of Rector Volli Kalm has deeply touched all of us, especially we all who knew him and had worked with him.

It was my special privilege to know Volli for many years. And in fact, we just met this month, when he led the Tartu delegation visit to our University of Helsinki. Then, all was still good with Volli, too… How quick things can change… So sad.

Volli Kalm was a fine person and a good friend. It was great to co-operate with him, and simultaneously with the University of Tartu. In addition to active, long-time cooperation between our two universities, new forms and perspectives of collaboration in recent years have emerged through the LERU-CE7 connection. I know how important that was for Volli and Tartu. We shall, of course, continue our good cooperation between our universities of Tartu and Helsinki also in the future, in order to give the well-deserved respect to Volli and his great work.

I do sincerely share the sadness due to this unexpected and unfair loss – the sadness that now prevails there at the University of Tartu. I personally and the University of Helsinki offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Rector Volli Kalm, and to all members of the University of Tartu.

Sincerely,

Jukka Kola
Rector, Professor
UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI

Dear Colleagues from Tartu University

I am deeply shocked and sorrowed by the death of your Rector. I had been at Tartu University immediately after Estonian freedom and had talked to Volli Kalm about common acquaintances from that time just a few weeks ago. Hard to believe that this energetic and friendly man, who also shaped the Guild, has passed away.
Please give my condolences also to his family.

Heinz Engl

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Prof.Dr.Dr.h.c.Heinz W. Engl
Rector
University of Vienna

Уважаемые коллеги!

От имени коллектива Санкт-Петербургского государственного университета и от себя лично позвольте выразить глубокие соболезнования в связи с кончиной господина Кальма.
Выпускник Тартуского университета, блестящий ученый и руководитель, господин Кальм посвятил многие годы жизни своей alma mater, способствуя ее развитию и процветанию. Его уход стал невосполнимой потерей для академического сообщества.

Коллектив Санкт-Петербургского университета скорбит вместе с вами в связи с этой безвременной утратой.

Ректор
Николай Кропачев.

I learned with great regret of the passing of Rector Volli Kalm and would like to extend my deepest condolences. He was dedicated to his work and his University. He will remain in our thoughts as a great visionary.

Please convey to his family the expression of my heartfelt sympathy.

Igor Papič
University of Ljubljana

Colleagues and employees of the University of Tartu,
Let me offer my deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to your University and the family of Volli Kalm. I will be with you in my thoughts on the 30th of December and always remember Volli Kalm as a great colleague and impressive personality.
Yours
Ulrike Beisiegel

Präsidentin
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

. I remember vividly the journey on the bus from Tallin to Tartu this fall, where I have met him for the first time. A strong, determined but very friendly and warm person. My thoughts are with his family in theses days where we celebrate be birth but not death. How close both are we have been reminded today.
With my best wishes
Christian

Prof. Christian Leumann
Rektor
Universität Bern

Dear colleagues from the University of Tartu,

We have learned this afternoon of the unexpected passing of Rector Volli
Kalm: Rector Yves Jean and I wish to convey our sincere condolences to you, which you would also pass on to his family and to the members of the University of Tartu.

Rector Yves Jean and I had the chance to work with Volli Kalm during his mandate in the Coimbra Group Rectors’ Advisory Group: we will keep the memory of a wise man, of great kindness. Volli will be missed.

Be assured of our sincere thoughts,

Rector Yves Jean and Prof. Ludovic Thilly University of Poitiers, France

Prof. Dr. Ludovic THILLY
Université de Poitiers

Président du Conseil d’Administration du Groupe de Coimbra Chair of the Coimbra Group Executive Board

Eesti Tööandjate Keskliit mälestab meie seast täna lahkunud head kolleegi ja volikogu liiget Volli Kalmu ning palume edastada meie kaastunne tema lähedastele ja tervele Tartu Ülikooli perele.

I and my team were very sorry to hear the very sad news. We wish our warm condolences to Volli’s family and to Tartu University staff. We remember Volli as the visionary leader who makes things to happen.

SMEAR groups from Estonia and Finland

Markku Kulmala, Academician, Dr hc Tartu Ülikooli
University of Helsinki, Finland

I was very sorry to hear the sad and unexpected news about Rector Volli Kalm.

On behalf of Aalto University I would like to offer our condolences to his family as well as to the entire University of Tartu.

Prof. Kalm will not be deeply missed only in the University of Tartu and in Estonia but also more widely in the scientific community for his personality and vision.

Ilkka Niemelä

President
Aalto University

Dear colleagues from the University of Tartu,

We have learned of the unexpected passing away of Rector Volli Kalm: Rector Yves Jean and I wish to convey our sincere condolences to you, which you would also pass on to his family and to the members of the University of Tartu.

Rector Yves Jean and I had the chance to work with Volli Kalm during his mandate in the Coimbra Group Rectors’ Advisory Group: we will keep the memory of a wise man, of great kindness. Volli will be missed.

Be assured of our sincere thoughts,

Rector Yves Jean and Prof. Ludovic Thilly University of Poitiers, France

Prof. Dr. Ludovic THILLY
Université de Poitiers

Chair of the Coimbra Group Executive Board

On kummaline, kuidas rektor Volli Kalmu isiklikult tundmata tema lahkumine siiski kirjeldamatu kurbuse südamesse tõi. Olles temaga kontaktis olnud vaid tõrvikurongkäikude järgsetel kõnepidamistel, ei suuda ma hoomata, kuivõrd sügavuti tema sõnad mõjusid, kui praegu emotsioonide virvarris segaduses olen. Järgmisel rongkäigul TÜ peahoone ees seistes hoian oma tõrvikut eriti kõrgel, et Sinu vaimu, Volli, sammaste vahel valgustada, nagu Sina tudengeid neile endile mõistmata valguse ja erksama tuleviku poole suunasid! Sügav kaastunne lähedastele ja ülikooliperele! Aitäh, Volli!

Tudeng TÜ Viljandi Kultuuriakadeemiast

Kraków, December 28, 2017

Dear Sirs,

It is with deep sadness that the community of the Jagiellonian University received the news of Rector Volli Kalm’s sudden passing. We are all very sorry for your loss and wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and students at the University of Tartu.

Actively involved in the life of the University of Tartu / Tartu State University in various capacities for the greater part of his life, Rector Volli Kalm will forever remain in the memory of us all as a charismatic leader and an inspiring educator. Rector Volli Kalm was a remarkable man and will be missed by the academia of his home country and beyond as his contribution to the Coimbra Group Universities’ ideas and activities also is inestimable.

Our thoughts are with you. We join you in your grief and wish you peace in this difficult time.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Wojciech Nowak, MD, PhD

Herein, I would like to express my sincerest and warmest condolences to the family and friends of Rector Volli Kalm.

Dr Vassilis Petsinis
Marie Curie Experienced Researcher
Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies

Трудно, когда теряем близкого человека в праздничные дни, поэтому хочу особенно принести соболезнования всей семье ректора, а также родственникам, друзьям и коллегам. Ректор, профессор Волли Калм, несомненно, весомая фигура эстонской науки. Тяжело терять таких людей, отдающихся своему делу всецело и самоотверженно. Скорбно признать, что великий человек покинул этот мир, но он обретает покой в другом мире, незнающем горя и слез. Отпустим с миром.

Tere Volli!
Kahjuks ei jõudnud teid näha reaalelus, kuid teie tegude järgi tahaksin öelda, et tundusite mulle väga hea inimesena, kes tegi väga palju selle nimel, et Tartu liiguks ja oleks parimatest ülikoolidest Eestis.
Edu Teile teises maailmas, kahju, et selliseid, nagu teie, on väga vähe.
Narva Kolledž / üks tudengitest… 🙁

In memory of professor Volli Kalm

Sad news has reached the University of Latvia: professor Volli Kalm, Rector of the University of Tartu has unexpectedly passed away. We all who have had collaboration with professor Kalm join the University of Tartu in deep mourning.

Professor Volli Kalm devoted his life to the research in geology and committed himself to the development of the University of Tartu as one of the leading research universities in the world. Being the university’s vice-rector and later rector he has promoted academic reforms and modernization of his Alma Mater. Professor Kalm has been always supportive of the extensive international collaboration and we are grateful for his attention to the cooperation between three Baltic universities:Vilnius University, University of Latvia and University of Tartu.

The University of Latvia expresses the deepest condolence to professor Volli Kalm family and to the University of Tartu community with the irreparable loss of a great personality.

Professor Indriķis Muižnieks
Rector of the University of Latvia

University of Helsinki offers its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Rector Volli Kalm.
We do share the sorrow the University of Tartu has now faced due to the sudden death of Rector Kalm.

Rector Jukka Kola
University of Helsinki

Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we at Tbilisi State University feel about the unexpected death of Rector Volli Kalm. We grieve the loss of a close friend and an ally and offer our sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues.

Yours sincerely,
Tea Gergedava
Head
Deparment of Foreign Relations
Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University

Südamlik kaastunne perele, ülikoolile, Tartu linnale. Tartlane

In Memoriam

Suur tänu teispoolsusesse, et Te olite olemas. Sirgeselgne, kindla meelega ja uuele avatud Meie Tartu Ülikooli Rektor.

Tundsin tänuga Teie abi ja toetust oma teadustöös, aga ka suurt inimlikku soojust. Üks mälestuskild. Jõudsin Aula rõdult Teie viimast valimisvõitu õnntllema ühe viimasena, veidi segaduses. Teid õnnitlesid juba viimased kaastõõtajad. Jäin ootele. kui pöördusite minu poole. Pakkusin, et las kaastöötajad kallistavad ära, siis mina surun Teie kätt. Te vaatasite mulle soojalt otsa ja ütlesite”Kallistame meie ka”. Tänasin Teid, et saame isaga nüüd jälle rohkem oma last Margitit näha ja olen kindel, et minu Tartu ülikool on väga heades kätes.

Sügav kaastunne perekonnale, kohutav, kohutav löök eeskätt teile ja meile kõigile.

Emeriitprofessor Marika Mikelsaar, 60 aastat Tartu Ülikoolis

Sõnum rektor Volli Kalm’u surmast oli täiesti ootamatu ja ääretult kurb. Tema lahkumine on suur kaotus Eesti teadusele ja kõrgharidusele.

Avaldame kaastunnet perekonnale ja Tartu Ülikooli kogukonnale.

Toronto Ülikooli Eesti Õppetool ja Õppetooli Sihtasutus
Tartu Ülikooli Fond Kanadas
Tartu Instituut Kanadas.

Kurb, väga kurb! Nii sooja ja ülimalt naerusuist ja toredat inimest esineb harva, kes ei ole kinni enda positsioonis. Kuid mul oli au nende 2 aasta jooksul näha ja teenindada sind nädalas vähemalt paar korda! Siit tuleb meelde ka üks viimaseid kohtumisi ülikooli kohvikus, kui sa tulid lõunale ja tellisid, nagu ikka, supi. Küsisin kohe, et kas tuleb ka cappucino.

Järelhüüe Tartu Ülikooli rektor Volli Kalmule.

Oli suur au ja õnn Volli Kalmu isiklikult tunda, kahjuks peaasjalikult tööalaselt. Volli oli helge pea ja suure südamega inimene, kes sobis ideaalselt meie rahvusülikooli juhtima. Just tänu Volli kaasaabile oleme käima lükanud mitmed Eesti Energia ja Tartu Ülikooli koostööprojektid. Volli oli isiklikult selle taga, et Tartu Ülikooli teaduspotentsiaal saaks parimal moel ettevõtluses rakendatud. Olen südamest kurb, et Vollil jäävad nende mastaapsete projektide tulemused nägemata. Samas luban, et viime tema algatatud koostööplaanid ellu.

Mõeldes tagasi meie ühistele vestlustele, meenub esiteks Volli konkreetsus ja põhjalikkus, aga ka nõudlikkus ja püüd kõik alustatu perfektselt lõpuni viia. Kusjuures see nõudlikkus oli Vollil ühtmoodi nii enda kui ka oma koostööpartnerite suhtes. Rääkides kolleegidega Eesti Energias, kes tundsid Vollit aktiivse geoloogina, jäi kõlama Volli sügav huvi teaduse ja uute teadmiste vastu ning valmisolek pingutada, lahendusi otsida ja teistele suunda näidata.

Volli Kalmu lahkumine on suur kaotus tervele Eesti ühiskonnale. Avaldan Eesti Energia kollektiivi nimel sügavat kaastunnet Volli Kalmu perekonnale, sõpradele ja kolleegidele. Jääme Vollit mäletama kui visiooniga rektorit, koostööpartnerit ja kolleegi, aga eelkõige kui meie kõigi head sõpra.

Hando Sutter
Eesti Energia juhatuse esimees

We are sorry to hear the sad news. Rector Prof. Kalm was a valuable and highly respected member of academic community. Please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences at this most difficult of times.
A.Barsevskis, professor,
Council of Rectors of Latvia, Chair
Daugavpils University, Rector

Tundsin Vollit vist oma 20 aastat ja selle aja jooksul on ta jäänud meelde väga positiivse ja optimistliku inimesena, kellele kerge huumor võõras polnud. Näiteks möödunud suvel kui küsisin temalt kuidas läheb, sain vastuseks „kõigist paremini!“. Nüüd on ta aga läinud pikale puhkusele ja temast jääb puudust tundma töökas ülikoolipere, kes on tugev ja saab hakkama iga ülesandega, mis elu meile ette annab.
Maido Merisalu
Tartu Ülikooli spin-off ettevõtte Captain Corrosion OÜ juhataja

Sügav kaastunne!

Jussi Hintikka, Konnevesi

Ma ei teadnud hästi rektori Volli Kalmi, aga minu südames ta oli suurepärane ülikooli juhendaja ning suure südamega inimene.

Sügav kaastunne Soomest!

Hr ajaloolane Pär-Erik Sjöström

Sipoo

On behalf of Erasmus Student Network Tartu and international community in Tartu I forward our deepest condolences to Volli’s family and to the community of University of Tartu. He was always interested about out work and supported us with good words through the years. He was truly interested about Erasmus Student Network Tartu and international students in Tartu. He always took time to talk with them about their future in the University of Tartu.

Hanna-Liis Remmelg
President of Erasmus Student Network Tartu 2016-2017

Mida saakski siia kirjutada. Ükski sõna pole piisav väljendamaks raskust hinges ja südames. Samas olen õnnelik, et minu tudeerimise ajal olid just sina, Volli, rektoripingis. Puhka rahus, kallis rektor ja hoia ka sealt teiselt poolt ülikoolil silma peal. Meie siin ei unusta kunagi.

Tere!
Väga kahju, et Teda enam pole. Ta oli väga sõbralik ja avatud inimene.

Hea soovide ja lugupidamisega Viktoria Jürgental, tudeng.

Our deepest condolences to Volli’s family and University of Tartu community. He was our true friend and partner who set an example for generations to come.

Professor Artūras Žukauskas
Rector of Vilnius University

Sincere condolences from all of us at the University of Glasgow to all colleagues at the University of Tartu for your untimely and tragic loss.
Volli was a visionary Rector and a wonderful leader both for the University and for all of us involved with the Guild.
He will be sorely missed by all of us.
With our deepest sympathies
Anton Muscatelli
Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli
Principal and Vice-Chancellor
University of Glasgow

Tere!

Ülikoolide Saaremaa vilistlaskoondise nimel väljendan meie kurbust
seoses rektor Volli Kalmu lahkumisega, avaldame sügavat kaastunnet Tartu
Ülikoolile ja lähedastele.

Heade soovide ja lugupidamisega Maie Meius,
Ülikoolide Keskus Saaremaal tegevjuht 2008-2015.

Dear Mrs Elle Pilviste and family,
Dear University of Tartu colleagues, Dear Universities Estonia members,

My colleague, Lidia Borrell-Damian, has already written to you on behalf of the members of EUA’s Expert Working Group on ‘Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation’, of which Volli Kalm was a much esteemed and committed member.

This was one important way in which he furthered his commitment to the building of Europe, so important to the past and present of the University of Tartu. Volli Kalm was a committed member of the European University Association, and its goal of building a truly European Higher education and Research Area. To this end he served as the Estonian representative in the EUA Council on several occasions.

The recent Estonian Presidency was also an opportunity to manifest this European commitment, and in mid-November the entire Bologna Follow-Up Group met at the University of Tartu to try and reach agreement among 47 countries, and the academic community, on future priorities for the Bologna Process, and in this context, we learned much more about the University of Tartu and its history.

On behalf of President Tarrach and myself as Secretary General of EUA, I would like to express our deepest sympathy and condolences for the sudden loss of such a committed individual and respected colleague. Volli Kalm will remain in our hearts and will be remembered by all those who knew him.

With our heartfelt sympathy,

Rolf Tarrach, President Lesley Wilson, Secretary General
European University Association European University Association