I was approaching my office around 7.30 on Tuesday morning when I heard my wife calling, “Di, Di, Di” and saw her running after me.
She showed me a text message from Father Luke Apa at Divine Word University telling us of the passing of Associate Professor Dr Jerome (Jerry) Semos.
My wife and I looked each other in the eyes and were silent for a few minutes. We did not say a word. Then I emailed some of Jerry’s former colleagues in the Social Sciences and Business Studies Divisions at the University of Goroka.
I came to know Jerry in 2007 when I enrolled for postgraduate studies at the University of Goroka. I was among a few students doing his Conflict Resolution course.
Jerry was handsome and had an admirable physical build - tall and muscular capped with a neat haircut. A bilum was always around his neck; and sometimes he wore a tie underneath it.
He possessed a smile that came from his heart and penetrated my own. He smiled and told me to call him Jerry. I was at ease with him.