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ORBIS International Announces the Death of the Honorable Oliver Foot, President and Board Member
Date:2/7/2008

NEW YORK, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ORBIS International is saddened to announce the death of its president and member of the board of directors, the Honorable Oliver Foot. He was 61 years old.

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Oliver's dedication to reduce human suffering caused by blindness was reflected in his work with ORBIS, a nonprofit global development organization that transcends cultural, political and religious differences by bringing people together to save sight worldwide. He once said, "ORBIS is at the heart of what life is all about -- promoting cooperation and understanding through serving others. What better way could there be to help heal our divided world?"

"Oliver's passing is of enormous import to ORBIS as an organization but also to a great many of us as individuals. He gave so much of himself and was such a kind and generous spirit that he was loved all over the world. He certainly meant a lot to me as a mentor, boss, friend and brother -- and I cannot imagine feeling any loss more deeply," said Geoffrey Holland, ORBIS executive director and chief executive officer. "I hope that while mourning the loss of such a very special friend, we can all also celebrate his life and remember what a pleasure it has been to know him."

Oliver joined ORBIS as executive director in 1982 and was appointed president in 1987. He was a member of the ORBIS International Board of Directors, as well as the boards of ORBIS Canada and ORBIS Taiwan. He also served as chairman of the ORBIS Charitable Trust in the United Kingdom.

Active with ORBIS since its founding 25 years ago, Oliver played a critical role in its development, fully devoting himself to its mission to eliminate avoidable blindness worldwide. He led the ORBIS team of volunteer doctors, nurses and aviators who flew to nearly 80 developing c
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