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Ralph Stanton dies at age 86
Monday, May 3, 2010 11:56 AM

Dr. Ralph Stanton was Department Head when Computer Science launched the University of Manitoba's first Cooperative Education Programme. Ralph was a pioneer in Co-op education.

Computer Science Faculty member Dr. Neil Arnason writes:

"Ralph Stanton died in Winnipeg this week. Many of you will know him because of his seminal influence in building the first North American Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. He then went on to York University for three years, before coming to the University of Manitoba in 1970 where he built the Department of Computer Science. He continued his research and teaching here after resigning the headship in 1989 and had only this month announced his retirement. Up to the end he was a prolific researcher and publisher in the areas of graph theory and combinatorial designs, especially covering and packing designs and pair-wise balanced designs.

"A brief academic history can be found at the University of Waterloo Library (see link below) where he donated his papers in 2004. He was an avid bibliophile, amassing one of the world's largest private collections of classical Portuguese literature, which he donated to the University of Toronto in 1988.

"He had a profound influence on the lives of many statisticians of my generation, including myself, Jerry Lawless, the Kalbfleisch brothers, Ross Prentice, John Koval. He was one of the great builders of academic programs in mathematics, statistics and computer science and his entrepreneurial energy and vision created opportunities for countless students in these disciplines. He was also an unforgettable character and a great friend."

Related Links (Internal):
  •UM Faculty of Science Notice
Related Links (External):
  •Brief Academic History
  •University of Waterloo Notice
  •Legend of the Pink Tie