University of Tartu rector Volli Kalm dies at 64 ({{commentsTotal}})

Rector Volli Kalm addressing the crowd on the 98th anniversary of the Estonian-language University of Tartu. Dec. 1, 2017.
Rector Volli Kalm addressing the crowd on the 98th anniversary of the Estonian-language University of Tartu. Dec. 1, 2017. Source: (Aili Vahtla/ERR)

University of Tartu rector Volli Kalm died unexpectedly after collapsing while skiing in Otepää on Saturday; he was 64 years old.

Volli Kalm was born on Feb. 10, 1953 in Vändra. He graduated from Tartu State University with a degree in geology in 1976, and in 1984 earned his PhD in geology from the Estonian Academy of Sciences after successfully defending his doctoral thesis "Formation, composition and usage of glaciofluvial deposits in Estonia."

From 1988-1989, he attended postdoctoral studies in the geology department of the University of Alberta.

Beginning in 1981, Kalm worked in the Department of Biology and Geography at the Institute of Geology at Tartu State University (later University of Tartu), and from 1998-2003, he served as the university's vice-rector for academic affairs.

In 2012, Kalm was elected rector of the University of Tartu; his second term as rector began on June 1 this year.

Kalm was awarded the Order of the White Star, IV Class in 2005.

Editor: Aili Vahtla



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