Sam F. OworiRotary International President Ian Risely has announced that Sam F. Owori, President-elect of Rotary International, died on Thursday, July 13, as a result of post-operative complications from a planned surgery.

“In this difficult time, I ask you to keep his wife, Norah, the Owori family, and Sam’s millions of friends around the world in your thoughts,” he wrote in an address to Rotary members worldwide.

“Sam was a special person in so many ways, and his unexpected death is a huge loss to Rotary, his community, and the world. We will provide more details on plans to celebrate his life as they become available.”

District 6630 Governor Elect Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski said, “It is such a devastating loss for Rotarians everywhere – he was such a kind and compassionate man and he would have led us with such honor and distinction. Our hearts and prayers go out to his wife Norah and all of the Owori family.”