Bela Lombos, 1931 - 2002
Retired professor Bela Lombos died in France on Feb. 17. Born in Hungary,
he obtained his masters degree at the University of Szeged in 1955
and his PhD at the Université de Montréal in 1967. He worked
at the Battelle Memorial Institute in Geneva before coming to Canada,
where he worked from 1959 to 1964 at Northern Electric (later Bell-Northern
He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
(CNRS) in Paris from 1967 to 1969, following which he joined Sir George
Williams University in the Electrical Engineering Department as an assistant
professor. Later, he became a full professor at the re-named Concordia
University, where he remained until his retirement in 1991. He taught
solid-state physics, chemistry and microelectronics. He was also a frequent
visiting scientist to the universities at Rennes and Montpellier in France.
Sharma, retired professor of chemistry, died in Montreal on Feb. 20 at
the age of 64. He earned his PhD from the University of Benares, and taught
in England before coming to Canada in the 1970s to work at the National
Research Council. He came to Concordia to establish the Centre for Picosecond
Spectroscopy in 1981, and taught in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
until he suffered a stroke in 1994.
Our sympathies are extended to his family, and particularly his wife,
Manjul, who cared for him with devotion in his last years.
Ewen, 1925 - 2002
Artist Paterson Ewen, a native of Montreal, died February 17
in London, Ontario. He was professor emeritus of visual arts at the University
of Western Ontario. Concordia awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1989.
His work is in major museums and public galleries across Canada. The Leonard
and Bina Ellen Art Gallery has three works, and hosted exhibitions of
his paintings in 1979 and 1988. In 1982, Ewen represented Canada at the
Venice Biennale, and in 1987, he received the Banff Centre National Award.