YOGYAKARTA – Prof. Dr. Bambang Purnomo, SH, Professor of Faculty of Law, University of Gadjah Mada, passed away on Wednesday (16/3). Bambang died at his home at Condong Catur, Sleman regency in Yogyakarta at the age of 77. Born in Pati, Central Java, he left his wife and five children. “UGM academic community expressed condolences. UGM lost one of the best of the criminal law experts,” said Rector, Prof. Ir. Dwikorita Karnawati, M.Sc., Ph.D., when delivering a speech at his last tribute ceremony, in Balairung Hall, Thursday (16/5), before being buried at UGM Graveyard in Sawit Sari, Sleman.
Rector said the deceased is known as a Professor at the Faculty of Law. Throughout his career, he has a firm commitment to the development of criminal law in Indonesia. “He is a criminal law expert who always actively disseminates knowledge and dedicates himself in the development of criminal law,” she said.
In the speech delivered by Dean of the Faculty of Law, Prof. M. Hawin, SH, LL.M., detailing Prof. Bambang’s life, he graduated from Elementary School in Pati in 1952. Then, he continued his education at junior and high schools in the city of Semarang until his graduation in 1958. Then he registered as a student at the Faculty of Law UGM. “He graduated from Faculty of Law in 1966,” said Hawin.
Furthermore, said Hawin, he finished his doctoral education in 1985. Three years later in 1988, he officially held professorships. During active teaching, Bambang Purnomo has been known to become chairman of the Department of Criminal Law in 1974-1982. He also earned 25 years of loyalty and Satyalancana Karya Satya XXX awards from the President in 1995.
Dr. Marlinda Irwanti, one of his children, was seen unable to hold back emotion as she asked for an apology to attendees. “Our father, as a human being, certainly had made many mistakes. Please forgive his mistakes,” she asked the people.