Once again, the vast family of Universitas Gadjah Mada is filled with profound sorrow. Professor Kurniasih, an emeritus professor of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, breathed her last on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, at 23:46 at the UGM Academic Hospital.
At the age of 72, she bid farewell, leaving behind a cherished family and a legacy of invaluable contributions to academia. Her final farewell was attended by relatives, leaders, and lecturers on Saturday (Feb. 10) afternoon at the Balairung of UGM.
“We express heartfelt gratitude for all the support for Professor Kurniasih. We also sincerely apologize for any intentional or unintentional mistakes during her service,” remarked Professor Kurniasih’s family spokesperson, Anton Widodo.
Professor Kurniasih’s expertise as a pathology expert, particularly in aquatic environments, was widely acknowledged. Her dedication and tireless efforts significantly advanced the understanding and resolution of issues in the fisheries sector.
Throughout her 44-year tenure, Professor Kurniasih made remarkable strides in researching and diagnosing diseases in aquatic animals. Her groundbreaking research aided fish farmers in identifying various ailments affecting their stocks.
Moreover, she was instrumental in establishing the Indonesian Veterinary Pathology Association (APVI) in 2003 alongside several esteemed colleagues in the field. Prof. Kurniasih played an active role in providing guidance and training to association members. Her unwavering commitment and contributions have immensely benefited educational development.
“The entire academic community of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine extends heartfelt condolences on the passing of Professor Kurniasih. We deeply mourn her loss as a lecturer, leader, and maternal figure to the entire extended family of the faculty,” said Vice Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, UGM Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Agung Budiyanto.
“Her dedication and contributions are immeasurable and countless. We pray that her benevolence during her service at the faculty, even in her emeritus capacity, will remain a perpetual legacy.”
Professor Kurniasih’s career journey began after earning a bachelor’s degree from the UGM Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and a master’s degree in Australia. Appointed as a professor at the faculty in 2006, she made remarkable strides in research.
Although officially retiring in 2021, Professor Kurniasih remained active, producing outstanding contributions to pathology. One of her poignant messages was delivered in her retirement speech.
“Pathologists never die. Keep your aspirations high; knowledge knows no bounds. Veterinarians must embrace multidisciplinary sciences,” she conveyed at that moment.
This profound message continues to resonate within the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine academic community. As a pathology luminary, Professor Kurniasih recognized the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration.
She emphasized the necessity of unity across diverse fields of expertise to advance scientific knowledge for future generations.
“Throughout her life, she was renowned for her diligence and unwavering resolve. She never once exhibited anger or unfairly graded her students,” said the Chair of the UGM Professor Council, Professor Mohammad Maksum Machfoedz.
“Her presence enriched society and the surrounding environment in myriad ways. May she always be granted the best place in His sight.”