KUBINA, Dr. Stanley James
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1925 - 2013
Died suddenly and peacefully on February 13th, 2013 at the age of 87. He leaves behind his beloved wife Lily (Gregus), his children Camille (André), James (Irena) and Lucy-Ann; grandchildren Brigitte, Viviane, Aaron and Natasha and his dear niece Rose Marie. Born in Smolinske, Slovakia, Dr. Kubina immigrated to Canada in 1934. He received his B.Eng. in Engineering Physics and M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal. His 14 year industrial career focused on the design, development and evaluation of avionics systems; he was responsible for the development and evaluation of antenna systems on Canada's classic aircraft such as the CL-28/ ARGUS, the CL-44/YUKON, the CL-66/COSMOPOLITAN and the C130/Hercules. He pioneered the first Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) program on aircraft in Canada. His academic career began in 1965 when he headed the Electrical Engineering department at Loyola College of Montreal. Upon the formation of Concordia University in 1974, he served on the first Board of Governors and was Director of Engineering for the Loyola campus of the new university. In 1991, he retired from regular academic duties and became the first Professor Emeritus in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Concordia University. He headed the Electromagnetic Compatibility Laboratory and provided consulting services to the Department of National Defense and industry on avionics systems, antennas and electromagnetic compatibility. From June 1993 to July 1997, he was recalled to serve as Associate Dean, Strategic Planning for the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science. In 2000, his official title became Distinguished Professor Emeritus. Long before that date, his family had started to joke that retirement was not a word in his vocabulary. His work and research had a great impact on industry and in academia. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers honored him as Life Fellow citing Dr. Kubina for his leadership in computational electromagnetics for EMC analysis and design and in electrical engineering education in Canada. He was a founding member of St. Cyril and Methodius parish in Montreal, a long-standing member of Montreal Jednota branch 784, and past president of the Canadian Slovak Professional and Business Association of Montreal. Through a life filled with accomplishments, his greatest impact came from the unconditional love and support he provided. Dr. Kubina was a man of Faith, a man of Honour –as some of his colleagues have said –, and a gentleman who was known to recite classic poems on special occasions. He was an attentive professor and thesis supervisor as well as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. He was a great man who will be missed by many. Visitation on Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9, Friday, February 22 starting at 9 a.m. and followed by funeral service at 11a.m. in the Chapel of the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dr. Kubina may be made to McGill University or Concordia University or to the charity of your choice. Centre funéraire Côte-des-Neiges (Réseau Dignité) 4525, chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal, Québec H3V 1 E7, Tél. : 514-342-8000 www.dignitequebec.com
Published in The Gazette on Feb. 16, 2013