Guido Sohne died May 2, 2008, in Nairobi, Kenya. 

A computer-science major, Guido founded his own firms, Webstar Internet in 1998 and in 2001, in Accra, Ghana. He was a founding and council member of FOSSFA (Free and Open Source Software Foundation for Africa), an editorial board member of First Monday (the largest peer-reviewed journal on the Internet), and the 2004 Ghana expert for the World Summit Awards. Guido made a huge contribution to technological advances in his home country of Ghana and in Africa as a whole. 

He is survived by his parents, William and Genevieve; two sisters, Sandra and Estelle; and his nephew, Liam.

There is an alumni-led effort to raise $250,000 to endow a memorial fund in Guido’s name that will annually bring an African student to Princeton for six months of undergraduate or graduate study. To contribute, send checks made out to “Princeton University” and referencing the “Guido Sohne Memorial Fund” to: Jotham Johnson ’64, Director of Stewardship, Princeton University, 330 Alexander Road, Princeton, NJ 08540. 

Anyone interested in being added to a list of supporters of this effort may contact Fash Sawyerr ’94 ( or Shea Owens ’94 (

Undergraduate Class of 1997