Dear colleagues and students
We are saddened to inform you that Mr Andrew Hibberd from UCT’s Energy Research Centre (ERC) passed away on Wednesday, 5 June 2019 after a battle with cancer that lasted more than a year.
Mr Hibberd was always very well-liked by colleagues and students, and the many warm words of condolence received have mentioned his friendliness, kindness, integrity, quietness, humility and faith.
He had a long association with UCT, where he completed his BSc in Mechanical Engineering in 1992 and then joined the Energy Research Institute as a researcher, obtaining his MSc in 1996. In the following years he spent time in various industries studying the efficient utilisation of energy; and in 2001, he completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Information Systems at UCT.
In 2008, Mr Hibberd returned to the ERC – first as a senior research officer, and then from January 2010 onwards as the leader of the Energy Efficiency Group; and finally, in April 2018, he served as acting director. He taught on the ERC’s MSc programme and subsequently supervised many students and reviewed papers for the ERC’s Journal of Energy in Southern Africa. His passing is a great loss to his colleagues, to UCT and to the industry.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 on Wednesday, 12 June at St Matthew’s Church, Janssens Avenue in Table View.
Mr Hibberd is survived by his wife and his son, who is currently in his third year of studies.
The university has offered support to the Hibberd family, and our heartfelt condolences go out to them and to all who knew Mr Hibberd.
The UCT Executive
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