It is with sadness that we share the news of the passing of members of the CTRF community.
Dr. Pavlos Kanarolgou
1948 – 2016
One of the giants of Canadian human geography has left us far too soon with the passing of Pavlos Kanaroglou on May 13, 2016. Pavlos was a faculty member at McMaster University for a quarter century and had recently moved on to become Professor (Emeritus). He was a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Spatial Analysis from 2002 to 2015, the Director of the McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics from its founding in 2007 until the present and the founder and leader of the Centre for Spatial Analysis at McMaster. More recently, he had the role of Principal Investigator for the $2.4 million “Social Costs and Benefits of Electric Mobility in Canada” project funded by SSHRC and Automotive Partnership Canada. His record of peer-reviewed publications is lengthy with several foundational works and he served on multiple editorial boards and national and international committees. His interests were diverse and included the interplay between transportation and land use, the health impacts of vehicular emissions, the use of quantitative techniques in spatial analysis and many others.
While the list of achievements is impressive, the man himself was even more so. He came from a family of modest means and was heavily influenced by his childhood in a working class Athens, Greece neighbourhood. He grew up to be a tremendously determined person and a superb leader of people. He had great vision and clarity and stuck strongly to his convictions. Colleagues depended on him for advice and many of Pavlos’ students will tell you that he changed their lives. And there were many students he mentored: 13 PhD students, 32 Master’s students and 15 post-doctoral fellows along with the thousands of undergraduate and graduate students he taught over the years. Pavlos lived in Hamilton, Ontario from the mid-1970’s onward and was a concerned and involved local citizen. He leaves behind his wife Vina, daughter Niki and son Savas.
MITL was a great passion of Pavlos’ and we see the future development of MITL as an important component in celebrating and preserving his legacy.
As requested by his family, donations in memory of Pavlos can be directed to the McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics through www.ifundmac.ca