Words of remembrance from Acem's founder Dr. Are decide
Meeting Rolf was all the time good; He had a pleasant, heat and pleasant ambiance round him. He was educated, serious about so many issues, and a dedicated particular person, a great listener and an thrilling dialogue companion. He was additionally a kind of who didn't depart any laborious emotions behind, however fairly a personable and inclusive social ambiance.
He realized to meditate in September 1970. At that point he was 20 years outdated, an attentive and delicate younger man from Norway. He shortly grasped the essence of this meditation and have become an everyday meditator from the beginning. At the time, we occurred to be learning in the identical constructing on the Blind campus at Oslo University, and sooner or later I occurred to fulfill him. We began speaking and that was the start of an extended, good friendship and in addition the start of a complete, lifelong dedication to our work in Acem.
He studied sociology and later historical past. His masters diploma was in Nordic languages and literatures. He was a gifted philologist of coronary heart, thoughts and temperament. During his research he edited 12 volumes for one of many largest Norwegian publishers of recent novels and tales left by the Norwegian creator Mikkjel Fønhus. After graduating, Rolf wrote essentially the most complete biography of Fønhus up to now. Because of the breadth and depth of this guide, it might nicely be a PhD thesis.
Fønhus & # 39; books handled the pristine options of wildlife and the untamed forces of nature. His writings introduced the reader into contact with a deeper sense of existence than the hectic tempo of city life; These properties had been expressed, for instance, in Trollelgen (German: The Troll Moose) and Det skriker fra Kverrvilljuvet (Screams from the Canyon), titles from two of his books. You had been speaking to one thing in Rolf.
Literature was all the time necessary to Rolf. No matter how we comply with the traces of his life, we find yourself in literature with depth and reflective views. As a pupil, he was a member of the Student Society Book Committee. An in depth relative of Rolf, John Brandrud, philologist and member of the resistance motion throughout World War II, was chief librarian on the college library, first in Bergen, then in Oslo. He later acquired a state scholarship.
When Rolf met his Swedish spouse Anna von Sydow, the mom of his two nice daughters Klara and Lovisa, it turned out that Anna's father was the pinnacle of the University Library at Uppsala University. A couple of years after their divorce, Rolf began a brand new relationship with Martina Gaux, a analysis librarian and creator. She has revealed seven novels for younger folks and three performs that had been carried out in Oslo.
Rolf grew up in Brumunddal in Norway. Here he attended elementary and secondary faculty from 1957 to 1970 with one exception. He spent the 1967/68 faculty yr in Seattle with the household of his father's cousin, who ran a furnishings enterprise there. At residence in Brumunddal, Rolf's father was the workplace supervisor at a timber firm, Berger Langmoen, which was greatest identified for its good parquet flooring. Rolf's mom was a housewife and served because the chair of the Hedmark Housewife Association.
Throughout his life, Rolf was nicely linked together with his hometown Brumunddal and his members of the family in rural Hadeland and Hedmarken. Within that curiosity there have been hyperlinks to properties that had been so clearly expressed in Fønhus's books. In the primary half of the 20th century, alternative ways of pondering confronted one another in Norway, between the values of the normal agrarian sections of society and the rising urbanization within the wake of the economic revolution. Part of this stress additionally existed between the maternal and paternal sides of his household. This stress fascinated and preoccupied Rolf. For years he thought of writing a household novel on the topic, nevertheless it by no means happened.
As already talked about, Rolf realized to meditate in 1970. In 1973 he grew to become an Acem teacher and in 1975 an initiator and later a instructor. In the autumn of 1975 he was Acem's touring secretary for six months, overlaying all of Norway. From the 1990s till his loss of life, Rolf was additionally the editor and lead creator of Acem's cultural journal Dyade. In his senior yr he produced two problems with the journal.
In the 1980s he was the organizer and central determine in organizing Acem's thrilling literature seminars at our Skaugumåsen retreat middle. The seminars had been attended by Salman Rushdie from Great Britain earlier than he grew to become world well-known. The Nobel Prize winner Isaac B. Singer from the USA was there, in addition to Siegfried Lenz from Germany, Göran Tunström and Torgny Lindgren from Sweden, Poul Behrendt from Denmark, Stein Mehren and Tor Edvin Dahl from Norway, to call only a few.
Rolf was accountable for Acem Young's summer season retreats for a number of years. There he skilled among the group's future leaders. As an initiator and instructor, he was accountable for the event of the Acem Denmark and Acem Sweden organizations for a number of years. He later helped arrange Acem Germany. He additionally labored for Acem within the Netherlands and the USA for a while. Wherever he went, he was valued for his devoted and honest dedication and empathic abilities. As quickly as his loss of life grew to become identified, Acem acquired worldwide reward for his significance on a private degree and for the Acem meditation work. The information got here from numerous folks in Acem from Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the USA.
Over time, Acem Meditation can deliver an individual into contact with deeper features of the psyche, formative experiences, and unresolved issues within the persona. This could make you need to perceive and course of extra of your self. Rolf was a great and delicate meditation information when he confronted such challenges.
Through his and lots of different work with meditators in Germany it grew to become clear that the warfare was nonetheless an unknown, lively power in psychology and within the lives of many Germans – although that they had not skilled the warfare themselves, as did their mother and father. On Rolf's initiative, these meditation experiences of the post-war technology had been collected and analyzed in an version of Dyade. This version has additionally been translated into German. It was referred to as "Tyske tårer" or "German tears". In addition, he started to work with the German creator Sabine Bode, who had beforehand revealed a guide on the identical topic, i. H. On the quiet struggling of the post-war technology. Together with Rolf and Acem Germany she gave conferences on this subject in Germany; They had been nicely attended.
It was a pleasure to method Rolf with each textual content that you just learn or wrote. He was in a position so as to add helpful associations, details, and fascinating references. He shortly acknowledged the important thing views and made good, insightful feedback. He himself learn loads, adopted cultural tendencies and had a expertise for figuring out rising issues within the public discourse of immediately's society. His ideas and remarks weren’t all the time politically appropriate, however they had been very to the purpose.
Rolf labored for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) from 1981 till his retirement, initially as a analysis assistant, later as program secretary and editor-in-chief of the Department of Culture and Art. Over the years he has labored on varied radio stations inside NRK. In one semester, he reviewed numerous not too long ago revealed novels. Finally, he organized inside conferences that confirmed NRK the way in which into the longer term.
For a number of years he was instrumental in organizing the “Fagdagen” (skilled day) for all staff. He later began and directed the annual assembly of the European radio trade, Radiodays Europe, from 2010 to 2016. During this time, the participation price rose from 300 to 1,600 folks – in the end with an inflow of individuals from greater than 60 international locations.
Now Rolf has stepped out of time and present historical past, however he stays in our hearts, reminiscences, ideas and meditations. In this manner, we proceed to understand his good and pleasant method: his playful, gentle and pleasant qualities. His loss of life got here with out warning. This sort of dying saves the particular person from a lot ache, gradual deterioration and struggling. Sudden deaths are extra painful for many who proceed to stay. Many of us really feel that he left us too abruptly and too quickly. Sudden deaths depart no likelihood to say goodbye, to spherical issues off and to offer thanks. In our reminiscences and ideas, nonetheless, we comply with it a bit on the way in which to mud, to silence, to timelessness, to gentle and to closing oblivion.
We will all the time keep in mind what was so attribute of Rolf: his brightness, heat, playfulness and friendliness.
Thank you for our journey collectively, Rolf. Rest in peace.