Manuel Ayau, R.I.P.


Guatamalan libertarian educator and institution builder Manuel Ayau has died. George Mason University economist Don Boudreaux eulogizes him, and earlier celebrated his achievements on the occasion of his 80th birthday, most significantly the Universidad Francisco Marroquin. Boudreux on that school:

In January 1972 the Universidad Francisco Marroquín (UFM) opened its halls to students. Muso [Ayau's nickname] was its president, a busy position that he held until 1989.

In the three and a half decades since UFM taught its first students, it has established itself as the premier university in Central America—all the while keeping to its original liberal moorings and goals. Offering programs
in business, the hard sciences, engineering, liberal arts, architecture, medicine, dentistry, and law, UFM attracts the finest students from throughout Central America. And regardless of any student's chosen concentration, he or she studies the works of Mises, Hayek, and other great expositors of liberalism and market theory.