Guido Lanfranco death – obituary : Naturalist and folklorist 90, dies

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Guido Lanfranco death – obituary, cause of death : Guido Lanfranco 90, has passed away.

Guido was a Naturalist and folklorist who worked tirelessly to educate about Malta’s flora, fauna and folklore. He was a member of many educational boards and committees as well as local and foreign scientific societies

Lanfranco was born in Sliema on October 18th 1930, he attended Stella Maris College and St Michael’s College of Education, he then went on to pursue his studies at the University of Malta and Dale Field Studies Centre in Wales.

A professional teacher, Lanfranco was a renowned scholar and naturalist, he wrote extensively about the flora and fauna of the Maltese islands. His work had encouraged and inspired a lot of people to take a deeper interest in Malta’s natural history and folklore.

He served as president of the Malta Geographical Society, the Science Teachers Association, the Cactus and Succulents Society of Malta, the Għaqda Maltija tal-Folklor, and was also the first president of the Malta Ornithological Society (now BirdLife Malta), the International Council for Bird Preservation (Malta), the University Biological Society and of the Natural History Society of Malta which is now known as Nature Trust.

Guido organized multiple exhibitions, focused on the flora, fauna, geology, science, folklore, archaeology and natural history of Malta, sharing his knowledge and passion for the subject with others.

He wrote extensively about these subjects, with his articles published in local and foreign papers, magazines and journals.

Lanfranco was admired by many for his knowledge and passion for nature. Those who met him would have experienced his unique skill of explaining many technical issues in the simplest of ways, captivating his audience with immense passion.

Comments and Tributes:

BirdLife Malta CEO Mark Sultana stated: “Guido will be missed by many. We thank him for all he has done for our natural heritage and for the legacy he leaves through his knowledge and the large amount of people he has inspired. BirdLife Malta salutes him while sending our sincere condolences to his wife, children and all his family.”

“The passing of an icon,” wrote the Natural Museum of Natural History, which is to post an obituary in the coming days.

Desmond Morris described him as “an exceptional scholar of the most fascinating group of islands of this planet, is how anthropologist in a foreword to the book The Examined Life: Writings in Honor of Guido Lanfranco, written by anthropologist Mark Anthony Falzon.
Among the many accolades, Lanfranco received over the years are the Bronze Medal of Merit by the Conference of Civic Councils in 1969 and the Midalja għall-Qadi tar-Repubblika in 1996.

His publications include Guide to the Flora of Malta (1955, and republished in 1969), Duwa u Semm fil-Ħxejjex Maltin (1975), Lampuki u Ħut, Ġabra ta Ricetti u Informazzjoni (1989), Ħxejjex Medicinali u Oħrajn fil-Gżejjer Maltin (1993, 2000), L-Istorja tat-Trasport F’Malta (1999,2002), Xogħol, Ġaħġiħ u Snajja’ li Spiċċaw (2002, 2003) and Il-Ġojjin, an anthology of stories for schoolchildren.