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Remembering Pavlos Kanaroglou

McMaster lost one its finest with the passing of Pavlos Kanaroglou - professor, scholar, esteemed researcher and "a good friend of Hamilton".

Pavlos Kanaroglou 
1948 – 2016

At the May 18 Senate, President Patrick Deane paid this tribute to Pavlos Kanaroglou:

It is with sincere regret that I share the news, which many of you are all too aware, of Pavlos Kanaroglou’s passing.  But it is with sincere gratitude that I pay tribute to him as one of McMaster’s finest.  For those of you who had the pleasure to work with and learn from Pavlos, you know he epitomized the true essence of all-things-McMaster during each and every day of the quarter-century-plus he gave to our University. 

He was a genuine mentor, to which his postdoctoral fellows, PhD, graduate and undergraduate students can attest - many of whom will tell you he changed their lives. He was a creative leader, founding and directing the highly regarded and incredibly impactful McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics, advising industry and government leaders alike; and an accomplished researcher, recognized as a leader in his field both nationally and internationally, holding the Canada Research Chair in Spatial Analysis since 2002.

His loss will not only be felt across our campus but across the broader Hamilton community – a community to which he contributed extensively through his research and citizenship.  His loss is immeasurable, but his legacy will live on through those he mentored, the friendships he valued, and the important contributions the McMaster Institute for Transportation Logistics will continue to make to society.  Our thoughts are with his family, friends, colleagues and students.


In honour of Pavlos' lifetime passion, donations to the McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics can be made through iFundMac McMaster University.

The Hamilton Spectator featured a memorial to Pavlos Kanarogou that shared the many accolades that poured in from around the world.