Walter Benz passed away on January 13th, 2017, in his home in Ratzeburg, Germany. He was Emeritus Professor at Hamburg University, Germany. His Leitmotiv "Die Mathematik war mein Leben, ist mein Leben" (Mathematics was my life, is my life) led to more than 55 years of publications and active participation in the development of Mathematics, in particular, Geometry. In 1971, he founded with Birkhäuser the "Journal of Geometry", and he also was strongly involved in the developments of the journals "Aequationes Mathematicae", "Results in Mathematics" (both Birkhäuser), and "Abhandlungen des Mathematischen Seminars der Universität Hamburg" (Springer), besides others.
We will always keep Prof. Benz in fondest memory and extend our deepest sympathy to his family, friends, and colleagues.