July 09, 2011
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Aleksis Dreimanis (Professor Emeritus) in the Earth Sciences department. Dr. Dreimanis passed away Friday July 8th at the age of 96.
Dr. Dreimanis was active in scholarly research well into his 90's, and published papers as recently as 2010.
Aleksis Dreimanis was one of Canada's most distinguished geologists. He was born in Latvia in 1914. After serving his country in the Second World War, he moved to Canada to become a professor at Western in 1948. Dr. Dreimanis was one of the world's leading experts in his chosen field of the interaction of rocks and ice. Known to his colleagues as "Dr. Till", he published over 175 scholarly papers and received the Canadian Centennial Medal in 1967. The University of Waterloo awarded him an honorary D.Sc. in 1969. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1979, and received the most prestigious award of the Geological Association of Canada, the Logan Medal, in 1978.