Dear Cluster Researchers and Stakeholders,

We had some very distressing news today regarding one of our best and brightest young researchers Dr Maria Strydom, a member of CSIRO-Monash Superannuation Research Cluster- Project 3. It is with great sadness that I need to inform you that Maria perished on her descent from the summit of Mt Everest.

It is hard to convey our sorrow at this loss so I will simply repeat the words from Department Head Professor Christine Brown:

It is with immense sadness that we write to you regarding the tragic passing of our dear friend and colleague Maria Strydom.

Maria was a highly-valued and popular member of the Department of Banking and Finance (and its predecessors). More than that, she was a much-loved friend to many and inspiration to all.

Maria had an unparalleled zest for life and the outdoors. All who knew her were constantly amazed by her discipline, enthusiasm and boundless energy. She achieved so much in 34 short years, perhaps more than most of us will achieve in a lifetime.

Maria will be greatly missed – but very fondly remembered – by her many generations of students and colleagues at Monash Business School and the broader academic community throughout Australasia. Our thoughts, condolences and support are very much with her family and friends at this extraordinarily difficult time.

Kind regards,

Professor Deborah Ralston
Cluster Leader, CSIRO-Monash Superannuation Research Cluster
Professor of Finance, Monash University