In a ghastly run of sad and bad news, yesterday evening we learnt of the sudden death of Zenonas Rokus Rudzikas, an active and much-liked and respected Lithuanian EESC member (Various Interests Group). He was President of the Lithuanian Academy of Science, one of the most prominent experts in theoretical physics in Lithuania and an acknowledged specialist in nuclear spectroscopy. He wore his learning lightly and was particularly modest about his scientific expertise and reputation. He was also a thoroughly nice man and a convinced and committed European who was instrumental in the establishment of the Lithuanian national economic and social council. Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues. We will miss him.