Saturday, June 27, 2020

A long-time former professor, department chair and associate dean at Waterloo Engineering is being remembered for his many contributions to his profession, the University of Waterloo, the Province of Ontario and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.

Thomas Brzustowski, who joined the Faculty as a mechanical engineering professor in 1962, died June 19 after a brief illness.

Thomas Brzustowski

Thomas Brzustowski was a Waterloo Engineering professor for 25 years.

Brzustowski held several senior leadership posts at the University, including service as its first provost, before leaving Waterloo in 1987 for a position as deputy minister of the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

During the recent COVID-19 pandemic, according to his obituary, he and his wife of 56 years, Louise, “took to walking together on the empty UW campus every day … Tom fending off the campus geese with a walking stick, a gentleman to the end.”

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