It is with profound sadness that I share the news that our dear colleague Dr. André E. Lalonde, former dean of the Faculty of Science passed away on December 21, 2012.The cause of death was cancer.
A dedicated professor, first-rate scholar and skillful administrator, Dr. Lalonde shared his enthusiasm and passion for minerology and geology, and brightened the lives of his colleagues, students and friends for more than 25 years at the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Lalonde built bridges across disciplines and instilled a strong sense of community within an ever growing faculty. Committed to enhancing education and research, he was the driving force behind making our university an international hub for photonics research and was instrumental in making the Advanced Research Complex (ARC) a reality.
The University of Ottawa has lost an important and deeply committed member of our community who will be greatly missed. I therefore invite you to join me in celebrating the remarkable man that was Dr. Lalonde and his many tremendous achievements. We will soon hold a memorial service at the University in André’s honour, and we will announce the details shortly.
On behalf of the University community, I wish to offer my most sincere condolences to André’s wife, Ms. Lesia Zalusky, and his children Lara, Stefan and Eric.
President and Vice-Chancellor