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In Memoriam Dr. Renny K. Hadiaty (1960-2019)

The ichthyological community is saddened by the death of our Indonesian colleague, Renny K. Hadiaty, who passed away after battling cancer on 30 January 2019. Renny was passionate about the freshwater fish fauna of her native land and worked tirelessly to promote it in a variety of ways that included mentoring young students, editorial duties and helping researchers to access the important collections in her care at the LIPI Biology Research Center at Cibinong, Java. She was also a prolific author, frequently collaborating with international researchers. Renny was a member of the team that described the Indonesian coelacanth (Latimeria manadoensis) in 1999, which was her second publication. Starting in 1998, she published 55 taxonomic papers, containing descriptions of 71 new species that appeared in peer-reviewed journals of Australia, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Singapore, the UK, and the USA. Renny was a tireless field worker, making frequent collecting trips around the Archipelago from Sumatra to New Guinea. I had the pleasure of joining her on three of these, including a visit to West Papua in 2010 and two trips to the Aru Islands during 2016. She was the perfect field companion – always smiling, well organized, and doing more than her share of the work without complaining. Highly energetic and always striving to advance her skills and knowledge, Renny, who was well into her 40s, successfully embarked on a doctoral program at the University of the Ryukyus in Japan.
I’m sure all of the overseas researchers that visited her lab at Cibinong would agree that she went above and beyond the call of duty to make everyone feel welcome. This included arranging lodging and transport, and especially the endless snacks of Indonesian delicacies supplied each day, not to mention stimulating discussions. Perhaps Renny’s biggest accomplishment may be one that many people do not realize – her role as a devoted wife and mother to her husband Elistyo Sritaman, sons Arief Aditya Hutama and M. Baiquni Bramantyo, and daughter Rani Puri Permata. Renny will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her, but the family’s loss is unfathomable and we extend our deepest condolences.

CV of Renny from office file: Renny Kurnia Hadiaty was born in Malang, East Java on 21th August 1960. She got her Undergraduate degree in 1985 with Biology major from The University of General Soedirman, Purwokerto, Central Java. After graduated she joined Div­ision of Zoology (known also as Museum Zoologicum Bogorien­se), Research Center for Biology, Indonesian Institute of Sciences in 1986. Since then she was active doing working on various families of Indonesian freshwater fishes in the laboratory of Ichtyology. In 2014, she got her DSc from The University of the Ryukyus, Japan.
Renny was also one of the members who established (“founding father”?) “Masyarakat Iktiologi Indonesia” (or MII = Indonesian Ichthyological Society), a professional ichthyological society in Indonesia. She was the Vice Chairman of the Central Management of the Indonesian Ichthyological Society for 2018-2022 period.
She was involved in many research collaborations with ichthyologists from Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Swiss, Germany, France, The United Kingdom, and The United States of America (these are what I remember).
Renny and Daisy did many (around 30) field works together, from 2006 till August 2018 before Renny took 3 months leave due to her sickness. We went to many places in Indonesia with our colleagues and foreign counterparts. Definitely we had prolific and good time in the fields. Some fishes that caught into my net turned out to become several new fish species. It was a pleasure and honoured to me that the fish specimens were helpful for Renny to reveal the biodiversity of Indonesian freshwater fish. On the other hand, she also collected some crustacean specimens for me which I am very grateful. Renny was one of my best colleagues and friends whom I am miss.

Gerald R. Allen

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