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: