No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
— John Donne, “Meditation XVII”
The “liberty movement” lost one of its own over the weekend with the untimely death of Andrew Kaluza, 27, in a tragic car accident.
Friends and acquaintances took to Facebook and Twitter to sing his praises.
Lucas L., who attended the University of Texas at San Antonio with Kaluza and joined the Young Americans for Liberty chapter Kaluza founded, remembered:
I met Andrew Kaluza during my first semester of college at UTSA. I remember I was just an awkward, shy kid when I walked into my first YAL meeting. At first I was so intimidated by the group because they were all much smarter than me and more well-versed in liberty. I remember how Andrew immediately made me feel welcomed. He would stand at the front of the room and lead the discussion. He encouraged debate and wanted everyone to feel like their opinion mattered. Andrew is very much responsible for inspiring me to continue learning about liberty. The truth is that he inspired a lot of people. I will deeply miss him and his relentless optimism and kindness. I will never forget how he and the rest of UTSA’s YAL made me feel like family. Here’s to you Andrew, may you rest in peace.
Ashton J., who served alongside Kaluza in Students for Liberty in Texas, fondly remembered:
To my knowledge, Andrew never met anyone who wasn’t immediately his best friend. Andrew was with me in the fun times, like a spring break visit to San Antonio and country dancing at SFL parties throughout Texas and DC, and the more serious times, such as when I made the decision to leave SFL and he decided to leave Texas and eventually return. Even more than freedom, fun, and adventure, Andrew loves to love without exception, and taught that nothing sells liberty better than love. Thanks for the support and the good times, brother!
Katie M., who worked with Kaluza on a campaign in North Carolina, noted:
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I will never forget all the hard work and dedication Andrew did with me on the BJ Lawson campaign trail. And the interesting people we meet going door to door. He always made us smile and kept us going and [I] still will keep fighting for him.
Dozens of other friends and acquaintances left heartwarming messages about the time they spent with Kaluza. Universally, friends remember him as a positive, uniting, and loving force for liberty — something we all should strive to be.
Kaluza served in many roles within the liberty movement. He worked with Students for Liberty since 2010 in various roles, including Campus Coordinator, Executive Board Member, and Regional Director; he founded his alma mater’s Young Americans for Liberty chapter; he interned at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy; he worked briefly at the Institute for Humane Studies on their “Learn Liberty” project, among many other things.
In April 2012, Kaluza introduced presidential candidate Ron Paul at a campaign rally in San Antonio, Texas.
The torch of liberty shines bright as a reminder of Kaluza’s enthusiasm and dedication to the principles which bring us together as a movement. And we are all diminished because of his untimely passing.
UPDATE I: A memorial service will be held for Andrew on Saturday, July 26, at 4:00pm CDT at the Voca Community Center — FM1851 South, Voca, TX 76887. You can view the event and RSVP on Facebook here.
UPDATE II: For those who live in the D.C.-area, Students for Liberty is hosting a memorial for Andrew on Thursday, July 17, at 6:00pm at their headquarters — 1101 17th St NW, Suite 810. You can view the event and RSVP on Facebook here.