Remembrance: Rorie Duncan - 1972-2002

On September 4, 2002, MSF volunteer Rorie Duncan passed away.
We are sorry to inform you that Rorie Duncan - a MSF volunteer- died yesterday afternoon. Everyone who worked with Rorie remembers a friendly and easy man: healthy, happy, intelligent and well grounded. Rorie was a man who loved his passions: his girlfriend, his family and friends, his guitar, his work and his sports. He took his guitar everywhere - loving music and playing with friends. Apart from his gift for languages and his natural and easy interest in countries and peoples - he was also very determined to help the people he was there for. His work and personality were always highly appreciated, except for one 'fault': he was known to work too hard. A mark of his absolute dedication to make a difference for those so much less fortunate than himself. Rorie was recruited by Holland office of MSF in Khartoum in 1999 and worked in Gedaref. After that he worked in Sierra Leone and later in Indonesia in the West Timor project. Since February 2002 Rorie was the Logistical Coordinator in Moscow and recently took over the Project Coordinator position for the Chechnya/Ingushetia programme. He was loved by everyone, and gained the respect of the national team, an important and difficult task in that region. Rorie had been training six months for the Moscow marathon. He was very fit and trained regularly and seriously. On September 1, during the marathon he collapsed. The next day he regained consciousness and was evacuated to a hospital in Oxford, United Kingdom. After further improvement, in the company of his family, he suddenly deteriorated. Rorie died yesterday afternoon, September 4, after a long hard fight. We are all very sad and struggling to accept the loss of such a young lovely and enthusiastic man. Our thoughts are for Rorie's family and friends. His parents and sisters can be nothing but devastated. Our thoughts are also with Marina who Rorie loved and cared for. Also our thoughts are with our teams (international volunteers, Russians, Ingush and Chechens) in Moscow, Nazran and Grozny who lately shared in Rorie's passion for life and work. They already face so much pressure and stress with the awful kidnapping of Arjan Erkel and the daily suffering of their own relatives and friends. It is a very sad, sad day - the loss of a loved colleague. For those who wish to share some small thoughts with Rorie's family, please send an e-mail to From: Jose A. Bastos, Operational Director, MSF Holland Austen Davis, General Director MSF Holland