The Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Francis Foley has paid tribute to Professor Roger Downer, UL President Emeritus, who passed away over the weekend.
Cllr Francis Foley said: “Professor Downer led the University of Limerick through a period of massive growth for the institution. His vision for what the campus could become lead to the expansion of the facilities at UL, which has seen it recognised as one of the most forward thinking institutions in the education sector.
“The University’s students and staff all benefitted from Professor Downer’s vast experiences in education centres such as Queens University, Oxford and Japan. My deepest condolences, on his passing to his wife Jean, son Kevin, daughters Katie and Tara, daughter in law Carla, sons in law Darrell and Aiden."
Dr Pat Daly, Chief Executive of Limerick City and County Council added: “Roger’s legacy will be forever remembered in Limerick. The growth of the University under his tenure, in both physical size and educational stature, will long benefit both the college and the surrounding areas. From the UL access programme to his tireless work on bringing a Medial school to Limerick, Roger’s vision for growth was met with action on the ground. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him”
Professor Downer will be laid rest in Castletown Cemetery, Portroe on Tuesday November 22, following mass at St Flannan's Church of Ireland Cathedral, Killaloe 11am.
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