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In Memoriam

Professor Emeritus Gordon R. Slemon

Professor Emeritus Gordon R. Slemon

The University of Toronto mourns the death of Professor Emeritus Gordon R. Slemon (ECE).

Professor Slemon, who died on September 26 at age 87, served as Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering from 1966 to 1976, and Dean of U of T Engineering from 1979 to 1986.

He was highly regarded as the international authority on the analysis, design and development of electric machines and controlled drive systems. Throughout his career, Professor Slemon garnered countless honours, including being named Officer of the Order of Canada for his dedication to engineering education and research.

In 1990, he was awarded the IEEE Nikola Tesla Award, which is given to those who have made outstanding contributions to the generation and utilization of power. Professor Slemon, an elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, authored more than 175 technical reports and publications, and served as an engineering consultant to more than 70 Canadian organizations. In 2011, he was recognized with the Engineering Institute of Canada's highest honour, the Sir John Kennedy Medal.

“Professor Emeritus Gordon R. Slemon will be remembered as an extraordinary leader in engineering, who has been a tremendous influence on the profession and U of T Engineering,” said Dean Cristina Amon, “On behalf of the Faculty, I send my deepest condolences to his family.”