IFAJ has learned that past president Alf Skeppstedt of Norway, who held the post from 1989- 1992, has died.
According to IFAJ History, during his time as IFAJ President Skeppstedt stressed that it was essential for the federation to have a working program to reach its members.
“We are all very interested in what IFAJ can do that the members can benefit most from,” he said. “We have the newsletter, the directory, the presscard, the congress, the publication ‘What does IFAJ do for its members?’, and the calendar of events. [We need] proposals about how to use these and/or other means to get the message through to each individual member – this is what we do.”
In addition to his IFAJ duties, Skeppstedt worked for 13 years for the news agency operated by the Norwegian Cooperatives, and worked for nine years in a public affairs position with the Norwegian timber industry.
Skeppstedt died March 28, 2014. His widow, Laila, lives in Oslo.