In memory of Tom Calvert, professor emeritus

October 15, 2021

We are sad to announce the passing of Tom Calvert, professor emeritus in SFU’s Schools of Computing Science and Engineering Science, on Tuesday, September 28, 2021.

His research focused on the area of computer-based tools for user interaction with multimedia systems, including the use of networked multimedia for telelearning, and systems for the choreography and animation of human figures.

During his 45-year career at SFU, Calvert also held appointments in the Schools of Kinesiology, Engineering Science and Interactive Arts & Technology (SIAT). He became a professor emeritus in Kinesiology, Computing Science, and Engineering Science in 2000 and in SIAT in 2004.

“Tom Calvert was an inspiration to me in my early years as a graduate student and subsequently an academic," says Eugene Fiume, dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences. "Most of our discussions back in the day were held in pubs, where I learned much about his quiet, clear leadership style, and his fundamental scholarly principles of interdisciplinarity, human-centred design and technology for good. As perhaps a completion of a cycle, I had the great honour of presenting him with the Canadian Digital Media Pioneer Award in 2017.”

Calvert will be remembered fondly by his peers at SFU.

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