IFAJ mourns loss of past president Alf Skeppstedt

IFAJ has learned that past president Alf Skeppstedt of Norway, who held the post from 1989- 1992, has died.

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This 1992 photo, taken during Green Week in Berlin at the IFAJ Executive Committee meeting, shows (from left to right) Alf Skeppstedt, IFAJ Secretary-General Madeline Re, future president Paul Queck (executive committee member representing AAEA) and Alois Wuschek, IFAJ Vice President.

Skeppstedt also served IFAJ as Secretary General from 1975-1988. During this time, the official IFAJ logo was selected.

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.

In the 2006 IFAJ Congress in Hamar, Norway, IFAJ celebrated its 50th anniversary and invited past presidents to the Congress. In this photo are (from left to right) Hans Matthiesen, Paul Queck, David Markey, Frans Sterckx, Larry Sheedy and Alf Skeppstedt.
In the 2006 IFAJ Congress in Hamar, Norway, IFAJ celebrated its 50th anniversary and invited past presidents to the Congress. In this photo are (from left to right) Hans Matthiesen, Paul Queck, David Markey, Frans Sterckx, Larry Sheedy and Alf Skeppstedt.

Skeppstedt died March 28, 2014. His widow, Laila, lives in Oslo.

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