December 10, 1930 - November 06, 2017
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Eric, a fine, gracious, gentleman, was born in Alexandria, Egypt and died in Victoria, BC. He was an electrical engineer who loved and was grateful for the life he lived.

In May 1948, the day he finished writing his London Matriculation exams, he was arrested. Being Jewish and without citizenship he had no national courts to address and languished in many levels of Farouk's prisons until 1950 when he was acquitted by the civil courts. Still on the black list he was unable to leave to study in London until November too late to enrol in the chemical engineering degree program to which he had been accepted. He wrote a letter to his father stating that he was wavering somewhat because of his love of mathematics and physics. His father replied "become an engineer" which Eric considered the best advice he ever acquired. In 1955 he completed his degree in Electrical Engineering at Battersea College (now University of London), and began research at IT & T. Wanting to continue his education at the postgraduate level but unable to obtain financial support because of his statelessness, he sought a new homeland. Canada welcomed engineers and provided airfare.

The University of Toronto's offer of a job as a demonstrator enabled him to complete a Masters in Applied Science in 1959. During his time in Toronto he made friends with Peter Peet Silvester who remained a friend and colleague. In 1958 Dr. G.L. (John) d'Ombrain, the chairman of Electrical Engineering at Battersea College during Eric's undergraduate years, became chairman of Electrical Engineering at McGill. He invited Eric to McGill University, his lifelong anchor. Gerald W. Farnell (PhD 1957) became Eric's doctoral supervisor (1966 Acoustoelectric Interactions in Cadmium Sulfide) and lifelong research collaborator in pioneering research into Surface Acoustic Waves (SAW). Filters and signal processing devices for applications in communications devices such as televisions and cellular telephones are based on their publications. Eric developed a computer program which became the industry standard for SAW filter designers. His years collaborating with Pierre Belanger and Nick Rumin on Introduction to Circuits with Electronics were some of his most fulfilling and enjoyable.

In 1961 Eric obtained Canadian citizenship, a Canadian passport, and a wife, Leonda (Lee). He was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 1989 and appointed Distinguished Lecturer by its Ultrasonics Society in 1994. He also served the Faculty of Engineering as Associate Dean (Academic) from 1977 to 1985 and made key contributions to curriculum development and making the Engineering Faculty more welcoming for women students. Eric retired from McGill in 1995 and was granted Professor Emeritus in 1998.

In Victoria Eric enjoyed his time with Literacy Victoria, Engineering Associates at U Vic, playing bridge with Jack Basuk, and wide access to music. He leaves his wife; sister, Evelyn Moore (Eve and Pony); two nieces, Carole and Susan (Jefferson Davis); many grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins, friend/colleague, Maier Blostein (Rhoda), and Norma Farnell.

Many thanks to the kind caring medical staff at VGH, 6 B South.

At Eric's request there will be no funeral.

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Published in The Times Colonist from Nov. 18 to Nov. 20, 2017.
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January 16, 2018
I am very sorry about the loss of Professor Adler. He had an important and lasting impact on so many people in his work at McGill University. In honour of Eric, McGill will lower its flag to half mast on January 17 and a statement will be read in McGill's Senate to attest to his important legacy.
Jim Nicell
November 29, 2017
Very sorry for the loss of Mr Alder. May the God of all comfort sustain you during this difficult time.
November 24, 2017
Heartfelt condolences are extended to your family at this difficult time. Seek the love and support God provides to help you cope during this time - Psalms 29:11
November 22, 2017
Éric was one of the kindest man we have ever known. He will be missed.
Jerry and Niki Hayes
November 20, 2017
Peter and I were so sorry to hear of Eric's death. I've been going through a lot of Mom's photos and there are many of you, Eric and my parents having a great time together. I hope your happy memories will help you through this tough time. My deepest sympathies.
Anne Louise Boswall
November 20, 2017
On behalf of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of McGill University, where Eric spent so much of his life and where he made so many contributions, I would like to add my condolences for your loss. Eric was one the key people who helped to make the department what it is today, and we were all very sad to hear of his passing. Thank you for sharing him with us.
Andrew Kirk
November 20, 2017
Dear Lee

I will always remember the good times square dancing and the great "after parties". You both have a special place in my memories.

Kevin Van Vliet - Montreal
November 20, 2017
I was so sad to hear of Eric's passing. He was a sweet man who was so helpful and thoughtful to my dad. He will be missed. Our prayers go out to you (and Mitzi) for comfort and peace through these hard times. If you need anything, you know how to get a hold of us
God's Blessings to you
Deb, Dave and Ted Rowlandson
November 19, 2017
When I was a young teenager, I would, on occasion, have lunch with my father in the lunch-room in the McConnell building. The Faculty of Electrical Engineering was somewhat intimidating in those days; floor to wall computers, men-only bathrooms (I used the secretaries rest-room) and a lot of tweed jackets. Eric Adler knew how to make a 14 year old girl in a tunic feel at home in that space - he would come into the lunch-room, smile and ask me all about myself. I will always remember that about him - I am so sorry for your loss.
Anna Rumin
November 19, 2017
Lee, I am very sorry to learn of Eric's passing. May Eric's memory be for a blessing and give you strength to deal with the difficult days ahead.

Frances Aknai
November 18, 2017
Jack remembers fondly the bridge games, the lunches and the conversations. Jack and Nikki will miss Eric greatly.
May his memory be a blessing.
Jack and Nikki Basuk
November 18, 2017
So sorry to hear of Eric's passing. Enjoyed dancing with you both---my thoughts are with you.
Eileen Sherring
November 18, 2017
Dear Lee....we just heard the sad news of Eric's passing as we are out of town. Our thoughts are with you and may your many wonderful memories sustain you through this difficult time.
Please accept our deepest sympathy - Cookie and Jack
November 18, 2017
Dear Lee: I only just heard of Eric's death, my deep condolences.
Frances Rosenberg
November 18, 2017
Dear Lee,
I am very sorry for your loss! Eric was a great fellow.
lorna denning
November 18, 2017
A remarkable man who managed to overcome the hardships and obstacles placed in front of him.
My family also from Egypt suffered similar painstaking hardships in Egypt -imprisonment; closed international borders simply because of their beliefs.
Reading all his accomplishments,Mr.Adler clearly proved to Egypt that they could not stop him .
My sincere condolences to his family.
Mary Smythe
November 18, 2017
Dear Lee, We are very sorry to hear about Eric's passing. We will always remember your eclectic parties, such interesting and gracious hosts. We particularly remember Eric's passionate interest in science, engineering, and music. And we always remember the two of you together. We wish you strength in such difficult times.
Love, Mariana and Richard
November 11, 2017
So very sorry to hear of your loss.
God's blessing be on you and your family
Rhoda Sewell, UWC Winnipeg
November 9, 2017
May God be your strength in this time of sorrow Matthew 5:4 "Happy are those who mourn since they will be comforted.
November 8, 2017
May God's loving kindness comfort you and help you through this very sad time
Psalms 29:11
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