The Pan American League of Associations for Rheumatology (PANLAR) mourns the passing of Dr. Ralph Schumacher, and together with the rheumatology community around the world would like to honor his exemplary life. Some of us had the privilege of benefitting directly from his mentorship and teachings, an experience that we will never forget. Regardless, we will all miss him; his legacy will be with us for many years to come. Although he was a true giant of our specialty, he was renowned as a humble human being.
We specifically would like to point out that Dr. Schumacher was a highly esteemed member of PANLAR. He was not only supportive of our organization but also of all individuals from the Latin American countries who approached him in search of his professional advice.
We would like to offer our condolences to Dr. Schumacher’s family in the loss of their loved one. He leaves behind inspiration and challenge to anyone who aspires to emulate him.
May he rest in peace.
Carlo V. Caballero