The ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest
Margins and the entire World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) family are saddened by
the demise of a long time friend and colleague.
Dr. Ir. H. Soetjipto
Partohardjono passed away on July 17, 2011, in the Sentra
Medika hospital in Cibinong Bogor, Indonesia. Until around 1999 with fond
memories we remember his many contributions and deep friendship.
met Pak Soetjipto way back in 1974 when I worked at International Rice Research
Institute on farming systems. He was one of the pioneer Indonesian scientists
in this field. He was always such a positive and supportive person,” remembers
Dennis Garrity, Director General, ICRAF.
one of the driving forces of the early steps of ASB Indonesia, so we have many
good memories of a committed, broad-minded scientist and pleasant colleague, in
the field as well as in the office,” says Meine van Noordwijk (ICRAF, Bogor).
Dr. Ir. H Soetjipto Partohardjono joined the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (IAARD), Ministry of Agriculture, Indonesia in 1962 as junior researcher and obtainned his Agricultural Engineer title at Bogor Agricultural Institute (Institut Pertanian Bogor/IPB) in 1973, followed by a PhD at Hokkaido University in Japan in 1990. After various reorganizations he became one of the leading scientists of the Centre for Food Crops Research in Indonesia. He was honoured as Accomplished Son of the Region by the Governor of South Sulawesi in 1996 and with the Satya Lancana Wira Karya medal by the President of Indonesia in 1998.
and the ASB team lost one of its pioneers and godfathers in Indonesia and we
value the time and memories we had with Pak Soetjipto.
Former ASB Global Coordinator, Tom Tomich
notes, “I certainly have many very fond memories of our colleague Pak Soetjipto.
We met soon after I joined ICRAF in 1994.
I recall that several of us were serving on a committee to award ASB
Indonesia research grants. Quality of proposals varied and I believe it was Pak
Tjip who said ‘we have to have the guts to make the tough choices!’ It always
was a pleasure for me to travel with him. I remember well that he was an avid
orchid collector and seemed to find new types on any forest visit in Sumatra.
He was a great leader for ASB and also a very good friend. His passing is sad
Dr. Ir. H. Soetjipto Partohardjono was born in
1939 and is survived by his wife, N. Wulijarni-Soetjipto of Puslitbang
Biologi-LIPI/Plant Resources of South-East Asia (PROSEA), his two children
Adrianto and Dini Astriani, and his grandson M. S. Rheza.