Julius Lukasiewicz
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LUKASIEWICZ, Julius D.Sc. (Engineering) 1919 - 2018 Passed away peacefully in Ottawa on March 31, 2018. "Luke" or "Julek" was predeceased by his wife of 43 years Halina (nee Drymmer, 1921-1985) and his brother Janek; and is survived by his sons Peter of Toronto and Mark of New York; his longtime companion Ewa Zernicka of Warsaw; his daughters-in-law Kathy MacDonald and Lori Harris; sister-in-law Michele Lukasiewicz; and grandchildren Adam (and wife Amy), Emma (and partner Erich), Halle, Julia, and Ben; and nieces Christine Forbes of London, England and Nathalie DiPiazza of Paris, France and their families. Julek believed in "living life to the fullest" and did just that for every one of his 98 years, engaging with the world around him as a student, soldier, engineer, author, professor, photographer, husband, father and grandfather, and dear friend to many not only in Ottawa but all over the world. Born in Poland in 1919, just one year after its rebirth as a free and independent nation, he was the son of Maria and Juliusz Lukasiewicz, Poland's envoy to Austria (1931-33), ambassador to the Soviet Union (1933-36) and ambassador to France (1936 until the early months of World War II). Julek graduated in 1937 from Gimnazjum i Liceum im. Stefana Batorego (the Stefan Batory High School) in Warsaw. An early adopter of current trends, Julek took a "gap year" during the 1937/38 academic year and lived with his father at the Polish Embassy in Paris, where he met Halina for the first time, took courses at the Alliance Française and studied French history at the Sorbonne. He began to study engineering at the Warsaw Polytechnic Institute in the fall of 1938, having scored the highest grade on the entrance exam, but his education was interrupted by the war. Julek served in the Polish Forces in France and England, and then resumed his study of mechanical and aeronautical engineering at Imperial College in London. Married in wartime London in 1942, but unable to return to Communist-controlled Poland after the end of the war, he and Halina chose to immigrate to Canada in 1948, where he joined the National Research Council. One of Luke's signature achievements while at the NRC was co-designing the world's first Mach 4.5 trisonic wind tunnel. The wind tunnel continues to operate today, having completed over 50,000 tests since its inception. From 1958 to 1968, Luke was the Chief of the von Kármán Gas Dynamics Facility at the US Air Force Arnold Engineering Development Center in Tullahoma, Tennessee, where he supervised critical aerodynamic testing for the Mercury and Gemini manned space flights and the Apollo moon shot. In 1966 he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science (Engineering) by the University of London on the strength of his body of work in the field of fluid mechanics. In 1968, Luke was recruited to become the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia where he taught until 1971 when he moved back to Ottawa. From 1971 until his retirement in 1997, Luke was a professor at Carleton University in Ottawa where he taught mechanical and aerospace engineering and founded the groundbreaking interdisciplinary program "Technology, Society and Environment." A lifelong opponent of Soviet communism, Julek actively supported the "Solidarnosc" trade union movement in Poland in the early 1980s. He and Halina served as welcoming friends, supporters and advisers to countless Polish refugees and émigrés settling in Ottawa. With the triumph of Solidarnosc in 1989, he began traveling frequently to his homeland. Julek had many interests: he designed and built his beloved cottage on Johnston Lake (he often said that if he had not been an engineer he would have been an architect); he was an avid tennis player and skier; he loved to travel and visit friends around the world; but his "fascination, passion and joy" was photography. Julek started taking photographs in 1932 when he was 12 years old, recording more than 75,000 images in his lifetime, the vast majority with one of his many Leica cameras. He began exhibiting his photographs in 2007 at age 88 - it was never too late for Julek to embark on a new adventure. He was the author of countless articles and numerous books: "The Railway Game," "The Ignorance Explosion: Understanding Industrial Civilization," "Dziennik Zolnierza (A Soldier's Diary)," "Experimental Methods of Hypersonics," "Wystarczy Patrzec" ("It is Enough to Look" - his first book of photographs) and his autobiography "Rue Lukasiewicz: Glimpses of a Life." The family wishes to thank Julek's broad circle of friends for their many visits, as well as the tireless team of caregivers, all of whom made his final days engaging and comfortable. In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome donations to the Julius Lukasiewicz prize at his alma mater the Gimnazjum i Liceum im. Stefana Batorego. Julek's family and friends endowed the prize in 1994 to celebrate Julek's 75th birthday. The prize is awarded annually to the graduating student with the highest standing in mathematics and science. Donations may be made to the Julius Lukasiewicz Prize, Stefan Batory High School, c/o 2777 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON M6P 1Y4. In accordance with Julek's wishes, there will be no funeral service. Rather, a Celebration of Julek's life will be held on Saturday April 14, 2018 in the O'Born Room of the National Arts Centre, Ottawa, at 1:00 p.m. As well, an "Uhonorowanie Julka Zycia" will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 in Warsaw, Poland. 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Published in Ottawa Citizen from Apr. 5 to Apr. 7, 2018.
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April 13, 2018
I never could bring myself to think, let alone address Him as Julek. He will always remain Professor ukasiewicz to me. We all meet at some point in our life a person who has profound impact on our future. One of such people in my life was Professor ukasiewicz. It was thanks to him that i was admitted to Carleton only a few weeks after arriving in Canada. He took a chance on me and vouched for me at the Registrar of Engineering. This was truly a life changing event for me.

I used to meet him on almost daily basis during my time at Carleton but luckily avoilded being tought Fluid Dynamics in 3rd year when he was on sabbatical! Later I used to visit his home & cottage. Once literally bumped into him in Warsaw on Aleje Jerozolimskie. I haven't heard much of Him since leaving Canada 15 years ago but read Rue Likasiewicz.

He was a great man who did have profound impact on my life. I'm sorry to hear he's gone but His memory will live for a long time! Good bye Professor!
Vitek Janowski
April 12, 2018
I have known Julek for over 60 years. A longtime friend of my parents he was instrumental in my parents coming to Ottawa in the 1950s and pivotal in my father working at the National Research Council of Canada. This job allowed my father to attain his full potential and fulfill all his ambitions and allowed our family to prosper. After my father's death Julek was a very close friend of my mother, visiting and befriending all our relatives in England and Poland, and a common companion of my mother to multiple social events and performances, Polish embassy functions, and NAC events. In the last 30 years on everyone of my multiple visits to Ottawa I met with Julek at my mother's home or his place or Arts Centre Performances. My family, as my mother constantly informed me and emphasized, was forever grateful to Julek because of his positive intervention in our life and getting us to Ottawa - I wish so much to thank him for all he did for us, that intervention positively changed our lives forever. I love photography, a passion shared by Julek, I so liked to go through his pictures and he in turn would spend time looking at mine, always passionate and knowledgable about cameras we communicated often about cameras and picture taking and processing. I can't believe, that he like my mother, are both gone. He definitely felt like part of my family. Julek was the last representative of that post second world war generation that came and settled in Ottawa. This emigre Polish contingent formed close life-time friendships, in a sense, we were a close knit family group involving all of their kids (myself being 70 now it was awhile ago but seems like yesterday) we knew everyone, we often lived close to each other either in Ottawa or with cottages in Barry's Bay, we socialized together, we recreated together, we all knew and were involved in the rumours, gossip and spats. Most importantly, this group from Poland knew how to really live and enjoy all aspects of life, Julek personified this up to his final year. With his leaving it really signifies the end of an era which will never be repeated. He was a remarkable human being and most importantly a friend. I will miss my evenings with Julek ,scotch ,smoked salmon and he and my mother talking people, politics,life, travel and memories.
Michael Kawerninski
April 5, 2018
Czesc Jego pamieci! Wspominam dawne solidarnosciowe dzieje. I remember well the twinkle in Julek's eye as he commented on current events with wit and intelligence. Sincere condolences to His family.
Hania Fedorowicz
April 5, 2018
Although I have not had contact with Julius for several decades, I will always remember the engaging discussions about science and politics that we had. He was always a good friend to our family.
Mike Smialowski ( God son )
Michal Smialowski
April 5, 2018
Julius served as my faculty adviser in Engineering during my time at Carleton University in the early 1970's. I have nothing but good memories of him from this time, he was a thoroughly decent human being and an excellent representative of Carleton and the Engineering Program.
B.Bond, B.Eng.
April 5, 2018
Our family members were longtime friends of Julek's family and it is with fondness and great admiration that we remember him now. Tim and I had many very interesting conversations with him over the years. Our thoughts are with Peter, Mark and their families.
Erika Dunbar (Smialowski)
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