In tiefer Trauer teilen wir als Arbeitsgruppe mit, dass unser Professor Helmut Cölfen nach schwerer Krankheit verstorben ist.
Helmut, Deine herzliche Art und Dein unerschöpflicher Optimismus haben die Arbeitsgruppe geprägt und leben in unseren Erinnerungen weiter. Danke für Dein Vertrauen in Jede*n einzelne*n von uns und den Freiraum, den Du uns gegeben hast. Dein Verlust wiegt schwer, da wir mit Dir nicht nur einen herausragenden Forscher und Mentor, sondern vor allem einen außergewöhnlichen, warmherzigen Menschen und den Frontmann unserer Band verloren haben. Du hinterlässt eine tiefe Lücke.
Unsere Gedanken und unser Mitgefühl sind in dieser schweren Zeit bei Deiner Familie und Deinen Angehörigen.

With deep sadness, we as a working group share that our Professor Helmut Cölfen has passed away after severe illness.
Helmut, your warm nature and your inexhaustible optimism shaped the working group and will live on in our memories. Thank you for your trust in each and every one of us and the freedom you gave us. Your loss weighs heavily, as we have not only lost an outstanding researcher and mentor, but above all an extraordinary, warm-hearted person and leader of our band. You leave behind a deep void.
Our thoughts and sympathy are with your family and loved ones at this difficult time.

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