PMB mourns death of Professor Deneys Schreiner

2008-04-30 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG and particularly the academic fraternity is mourning the death of Professor Deneys Schreiner, described as a man with incredible humour by those who knew him.

Lawyer Leslie Weinberg described Schreiner as best known for his outstanding work as vice principal of the Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of KZN, but said this was not his only contribution to society.

“I feel honoured to have been asked to express some thoughts about the late Professor Deneys Schreiner, a close friend of many years’ standing,” he said.

Weinberg added that Schreiner inherited from his father, Oliver Schreiner, who was one of the best known and highly respected of all South African judges, a sense of justice and concern for those who were less fortunate than himself.

“He was also involved in many different ways in the founding and support of a number of non-government organisations, the most recent of which was the Tembaletu Community Education Centre,” he said.

“These qualities and achievements coupled with his great sense of humour endeared him to all who knew him and his passing is sadly mourned,” said Weinberg.

Schreiner and his wife, Else, recently donated their art collection to the Tatham Art Gallery, and curator Brendan Bell also paid tribute to him as “a gracious gentleman” with an “incredible sense of humour”.

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