The Death of André E. Lalonde

 

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Dr. André E. Lalonde

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.

Sincerely,

Allan Rock

President and Vice-Chancellor

18 Responses to “The Death of André E. Lalonde”

  1. MXPR

    Rest in piece, Andre. You will be missed by all you have touched, and that amounts to a lot.

    We will all miss your warmth, kindness, your talents and passion for teaching, and your innocent love of science and technology.

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  2. MXPR

    Rest in peace, Andre. You will be missed by all you have touched, and that amounts to a lot.

    We will all miss your warmth, kindness, your talents and passion for teaching, and your innocent love of science and technology.

    Typo in 1st post.

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  3. Olivier Bilodeau

    André tu t’es dévoué pour la collectivité et tu as toujours été un être aimable pour tous.

    Alors repose en paix.

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  4. Ivy Liu

    You will always be remembered…your singing, dancing, laughing in Marion Hall…your kind heart, your enthusiasm, and your dedication to all of us who ever had the honor to cross the path of your life.

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  5. anne-marie

    Bon voyage André,
    Tu ne sera jamais oublié dans le coeur de plusieurs personnes dans la vie. Tu a été pour l’Universite d’Ottawa un beau modèle.
    Nous avons été des amis d’enfance et nous avons fait notre première communion ensemble, j’ai été choyé d’avoir connu un si GRAND homme rempli de sagesse.

    Ta bonne amie Anne-Marie

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  6. Hossein Mohammadzadeh

    How we can forget the kind heart of Dr. Lalonde to all people, especially to International students. I really missed the warmth and kindness relationship of André and I will never ever forget his warmest hospitality in Marion Hall. His wonderful activities to enhancing education and research at University of Ottawa, is certainly an indication of the piety and devotion of Dr Lalond. May Allah grant him paradise and give all friends and his family patience to bear this irreparable loss.

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  7. Philippe Erdmer

    It seemed only yesterday that we were undergraduates together at U of O, in one of the best learning environments one could ask for. André and the rest of us shared the excitement of a small, close knit department that punched well above its weight. It was 1975, D’Iorio was dean, Baer was chair, and the geology faculty trusted each other unquestioningly, a magic combination. Little did we know that one day André would be called to save his department from disappearing, but he was trained, and he was ready: through vision, loyalty, and determination it turned into what it is today, a centre of excellence with a bright future.
    Many of those who met André in his university career, from students to presidents, were struck by his dedication to the U of O, which was a higher calling of quiet intensity. As the decades passed it was always easy to pick up the thread with André, because of his inimitable cheer and interest in his fellow humans, and it has been most satisfying to watch his progress. His university legacy is exemplary, and a model for academic leaders to emulate.
    But to me he will always be the bright-eyed, grinning geology student I loved to have a drink and make mischief with, a true and loyal friend. He could leave no better memory.

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  8. Jacinthe Bergeron

    Nous sommes prodondément triste suite au décës de M. André Lalonde. Nous tenons à envoyer à la famille nos plus sincères condoléances! Bon courage à vous tous. Jacinthe, Sylvain, Sébastien, Valérie et Alexia

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  9. Anita Shrier

    I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Lalonde – so unexpected. He was a gracious man and I have heard so many nice things about him. My heart goes out to his family, friends and colleagues. We have lost a good man, far too soon.

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  10. Ivelyne Gélibert

    Je suis tellement d’avoir appris cette terrible nouvelle hier soir par ma fille. Elle connaissait mon attachement au Dr. Lalonde et ne savait pas comment me l’apprendre. J’ai travaillé presque deux années auprès d’André et le considérait comme un ange. Il a un grand coeur et aime tout le monde. Je ne me sens pas capable de parler de toi au passé. Tu es très aimable avec tes yeux pétillants et toujours prêt à servir au lieu d’être servi. Merci André d’avoir eu confiance en moi, d’avoir reconnu mes capacités en tant que professionnelle. C’était le meilleur collaborateur auprès de qui j’ai eu l’honneur de travailler. André, je n’ai aucun doute que tu as ta place parmi les anges dans le ciel. Je vois encore ton sourire sincère. Tu as donné tout toi-même pour la cause de ‘Université, pour la cause de la relève au Canada. J’espère que l’Université conservera précieusement ton héritage. Tu peux te reposer en paix. A bientôt.

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  11. Don Halterman

    He was a wonderful colleague, part of a vanishing breed. I will miss him terribly and will honor his memory by continuing to be the best mineralogist I can be.

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  12. Hubert Mvondo

    André, je suis profondément atristé d’apprendre ce jour, soit 8 mois plus tard que tu n’es plus de ce monde. Grâce à toi, j’ai participé à mon premier congrès du GAC-MAC à mon arrivée au Canada; grâce à toi j’ai eu ma première expérience d’enseignement d’Univeristé dans ce pays bien que n’ayant jamais étudié ici; grâce à toi je me retrouve là où je suis. Tu aimais tout le monde sans discrimination. Tu as donné espoir et facilité l’intégration des étudiants et chercheurs étrangers au Canada. Tu étais l’ami de l’Homme et des hommes. André, vas!

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  13. John Attard

    Andre was always very courteous and helpful whenever I contacted him by phone or email with questions relating to minerals and their analysis. We learn from him the principles of excellence on one’s field and service to others. I am saddened to hear of his passing away. Condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.

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  14. Jaque Parisien

    André et moi avons partagé notre enfance et notre adolescence ensemble. Je lui ai parlé, environ six mois avant son décès, au moment même où nos vies, je le croyais, nous permettraient enfin de renouer, de reprendra là où nous nous étions laissés, chacun attiré par sa propre passion. J’y croyais à cette croisée des chemins jusqu’à ce qu’il m’avoue être gravement malade. J’ai raté l’annonce de son décès, j’aurais bien aimé rencontrer ses enfants, leur dire combien lui et moi avions ri, avions partagé, combien il avait été un ami précieux, tout comme j’aurais voulu saluer son épouse que j’ai vue, la dernière fois, jadis, le jour de leur mariage. Si vous lisez ceci, je vous prierais d’accepter mes plus sincères condoléances, et ce, malgré ce retard bien involontaire. Amicalement…

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  15. François Isabelle

    André, tu as été une grande aide pour mes 2 années de projets à l’expo science quand j’allais à l’ESHG. Merci pour ton soutiens, ta générosité et aussi les sorties de chasses aux mineraux dans la région de Buckingham. Bon voyage mon ami :)

    Francois I.

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