Friends of Slovakia is sad to learn of the passing of former Amb. Branislav Lichardus, on Feb. 8 at the age of 88. Dr. Lichardus, a noted medical doctor and researcher, became the first Slovak ambassador to the U.S. following Slovakia’s independence in 1993. He served successfully in Washington from 1994-1998, a particularly challenging time for U.S – Slovak relations. Upon returning to Slovakia, he subsequently served as Rector of Vysoká škola manažmentu (VSM), a private university affiliated with City University of Seattle, with locations in Bratislava and Trenčín. Dr. Lichardus also served on the Board of Advisors of Friends of Slovakia. We extend our condolences to his spouse, Dr. Eva Kellerová, and the family. Funeral services were held on Friday, Feb. 15 in Bratislava.