With the death of Fr. Romuald D’Souza, Goa stands academically and intellectually impoverished. He was a great Goan who excelled in his vision to enhance the educational levels in our State and the country. A very unassuming tall personality he always was, ever so candid and never minced words in all that he had to communicate.
Due to his tireless efforts he successfully steered the setting up of the Goa Institute of Management at our Ribandar and propelled it to be a centre of national repute. I recollect with admiration and gratitude that whenever I visited him at his residence in the campus, he would himself make and serve a cup of coffee. Memories of those interactions with the very knowledgeable Fr Romuald will never fade away.
He also contributed significantly to the growth of many institutions in Belgaum, Pune, Jamshedpur and Bhubaneswar. He was instrumental in introducing the first health management MBA in the country.
Fr Romuald was always very positive and extremely inspiring. A very simple, affable and down to earth soul he always was. Very soft-spoken but always had a mind of his own with impeccable principles and a deep sense of humility that is rarely seen today.
Persons of Fr Romuald’s calibre, integrity, humility and commitment are rare in today’s times. The void in the field of Education and Management may never be filled. May the soul of our dear Padma Shree Fr. Romuald D’Souza who was called to his heavenly abode on All Saints Day rest in eternal peace in the company of the Saints.