Rosemary Bechler Death – Rosemary Bechler has passed away at the age of 70 on Saturday, November 20, 2021, after a five-year struggle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. she was terribly afflicted by this slow but incurable lung disease. openDemocracy would not exist without Rosemary.
Across a rocky transitional period, she was its guide and a steady hand. More than anyone she insisted on openness, pluralism, and the voice of others. Mary was described as an outstanding mentor to young, would-be editors, who learned the need for humility and the exercise of principled judgment from her. Her contribution to openDemocracy was always as a supporting editor – she was in effect its fifth co-founder. From the 1980s, when she worked for European Nuclear Disarmament, she was committed to peace in Europe.
In 2011, the editor-in-chief, Tony Curzon Price proposed she should take over from him. She declined, knowing that she was not a chief executive. But this shows how central her role was. Rosemary was born in the year 1951, she completed a Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge on Samuel Richardson’s ‘Clarissa; or, The History of a Young Lady: Comprehending the Most Important Concerns of Private Life’. In 2016 she became a dedicated member of DiEM25 as a trans-European movement while being convinced – with her smile – that just like openDemocracy, it didn’t know how much it had still to learn.
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