The South African Bone Marrow Registry notes with sadness the passing of Professor Jon van Rood. (Official obituary)
Jon van Rood had a special interest in the HLA typing of the Southern African populations and encouraged Professor Ernette du Toit in the founding of the South African Bone Marrow Registry.
He was a guest of honour at the 6th International Donor Registry Conference of the World Marrow Donor Association which was hosted in 2006 Cape Town by the SABMR. At this meeting he was the recipient of the Shirley Nolan Award, delivering the Shirley Nolan Lecture.
His fondness for HLA typing was matched only by his fondness for sailing and it was almost mandatory for visitors to his laboratory to be taken sailing. When SABMR asked him for a favourite photograph to illustrate his lecture, he immediately supplied one of him on his boat!
He will leave a void, both personal and academic.