Andre Alexander (1965-2012)

PostPosted by Admin » 25 Jan 2012, 12:53

From a message sent by Charles Ramble :

Dr Andre Alexander
17 January 1965 – 21 January 2012

It is with profound regret and in deepest sorrow that we announce the death of Dr Andre Alexander at the age of 47.
Andre had just turned 47 this very week, and was full of enthusiasm and commitment. Over 10 years ago, he co-founded the successful, widely acclaimed and much respected Tibet Heritage Fund (THF) committed to the preservation and documentation of the unique Tibetan architectural monuments and heritage. The organization has launched a large number of rehabilitation projects throughout Central Asia intended to benefit and assist the local residents.
His organization has been involved in assisting local communities in the wake of natural disasters, earthquakes (Yushu) and flashfloods (Ladakh and Sikkim), and initiated countless conservation and restoration projects of sanctuaries and monasteries in India, Tibet, China and Mongolia.
His enthusiasm ensured that the THF won a steadily larger number of supporters who all shared Andre’s quest and vision of preserving the wonderful Tibetan architectural heritage.
A number of still unpublished books now await publication. A large study on vernacular housing and architecture in Lhasa (originally submitted as doctoral thesis in Berlin), the second volume of the Tibet Heritage Fund’s conservation inventory is due to appear in 2012 with Serindia Publications and another large study on Tibetan imperial architecture was under way.  We hope that this work too will soon be completed.
Andre was a passionate and colourful person, totally committed to his vision of documenting and preserving, against all odds, the unique Tibetan architecture.
He and his most dedicated friends at THF received numerous awards for their commitment: they twice received the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards and the Global Vision Award for a number of their cultural heritage projects, and they were featured on BBC’s series on Heritage Heroes 2011.
Andre – You will be sorely missed. RIP.
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Re: Andre Alexander (1965-2012)

PostPosted by Admin » 05 Feb 2012, 15:56

From a message sent by Charles Ramble :



from Tibet Heritage Fund


Dear friends,

The THF team has been very moved and consoled by the many messages of heartfelt condolences that we have received on the recent tragic loss of André Alexander.

His unexpected and sudden passing has come as a great shock to us all, Through all your kind messages we have come to realize just how much André was loved by many people, and also his incredible achievements in his all too short life.

Despite our irreplaceable loss we must also look towards the future, and, in accordance with André’s dream, vision and ambition the Tibet Heritage Fund will continue to carry on its work to help the Tibetan people conserve and cherish their architecture and culture.

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone for their warm support and encouragement at this difficult moment. We would also like to thank all those who will attend André’s funeral in Berlin who are coming from near and far.



On behalf of the Tibet Heritage Fund,

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