It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tom Calvert, professor emeritus of SFU’s School of Interactive Arts & Technology (SIAT), on Tuesday, September 28th, 2021.
Tom will be remembered as a trusted colleague and as a supportive and visionary leader who was instrumental in the early successes of SIAT.
“Tom was an amazing source of inspiration and leadership within SFU and SIAT,” says Carman Neustaedter, dean of the Faculty of Communication, Art & Technology. “He was a big thinker, a kind listening ear, and a friend to all he worked with. Tom will forever be a part of SIAT."
Tom earned degrees in electrical engineering from University College London (BSc), Wayne State University (MSEE) and Carnegie-Mellon University (PhD). He was hired by the SFU Department of Kinesiology (now Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology) in 1972 where he served as the chair of the department from 1975-1977. From 1977-1985, he was dean of the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies.
In 1990, Tom became the president of the Science Council of British Columbia and served as the vice-president of the Technical University of British Columbia (TechBC). He led SIAT in its transition from TechBC to SFU and he served as the school’s first director from 2002-2004.