Mr Godfrey Grima, an active UM Council member and a renowned former journalist and political commentator, passed away on Monday, 30 March 2021 at 79 years of age.
The news was shared by his daughter, Julianne Grima.
Grima was a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times, with a focus on political affairs, and continued to work for the paper until 2010.
He also founded a public relations firm, which has become one of the biggest in the country.
He was a government-appointed member on the University of Malta Council.
Tributes have, since the breaking of the news, started to pour in, including those from UM Pro-Rector for Student & Staff Affairs and Outreach, Prof. Carmen Sammut, Head of the Department of Media and Communications, Prof. Gorg Mallia, and Minister for Research, Innovation and the Co-Ordination of Post COVID-19 Strategy, Hon. Owen Bonnici.
Upon expressing his most sincere condolences to Grima's relatives, University of Malta Rector, Prof. Alfred J. Vella, said:
"Godfrey knew the University well because he served on its Council for many years under several Rectors. I appreciated his frank opinions and we rarely, if ever, disagreed, which was a comfort to me.
We will miss him."
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