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On December 19, 2002, the American Society of Andrology and the Polish Andrology Society lost one of their ardent proponents and advocates at the age of 56. Grzegorz A. Szymczynski, MD, was for many years an active member of ASA and played a pivotal role in establishing the Andrology Society in his native country. Being trained as a gynecologist/urologist, he was devoted to popularizing andrology among the urologists, gynecologists, psychiatrists, and other medical specialists.

Despite serious shortages in financial support, and due to sheer perseverance, Gzegorz succeeded to initiate publication of Progress in Andrology, a widely respected journal in Europe. At the time of his sudden and untimely death, volume 4 of the journal was coming off the press. It contained the proceedings of an international conference, Andrology Today, which he organized in Bydgoszcz, Poland, in June 2000. When we participated in this conference, little did we realize that this would be the last time we would see Grzegorz alive and bubbling with enthusiasm.

Gzregorz was born and educated in Poland; however, his interests in andrology and his insatiable quest for knowledge took him well beyond the borders of his native country. He spent a considerable amount of time in the United States working with such esteemed andrologists as Sherman Silber, Arnold Belker, and Emil Steinberger.

Many will cherish Gzregorz's dedication and numerous contributions to the field of andrology. Those who were privileged to know him personally will miss his enthusiasm, loyalty, and good-natured humor. Andrology will miss an ardent supporter.