Dr. Raouf Emile Baddour
February 6, 2024
With profound sadness, we announce the peaceful passing of Dr. Raouf Emile Baddour, Professor Emeritus at Western University in London, Canada, on February 6th, 2024 at the age of 75 after a long battle with leukemia. He was a distinguished engineer, educator, and researcher. Raouf was a devoted husband, best friend, and soulmate to Maggie Baddour for more than 50 years, and a great father to Ralph (Jennifer) and Carole (Jim). He will be missed by many family members and friends who will hold him forever in their hearts.
Raouf Baddour was a professional civil engineer who obtained a PhD from McGill University in 1978. He had been a professor since 1979 in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Western University, for a period also serving as Chair of the Department, as well as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. He was a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE), a Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), serving as Chair of the ASCE Turbulence Committee and Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics, and Senior Member of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR). Over the years, Dr. Baddour authored over 100 publications, and these groups recognized him with many honors, including the CSCE Keefer Medal.
As a university professor, Dr. Baddour’s commitment and enthusiasm for teaching profoundly influenced numerous students over the years, leaving an indelible mark. Renowned for his skill in demystifying complex subjects, his enduring influence is evident in the myriad lives he enriched through his educational guidance and mentorship. He was extremely well-liked by his undergraduate students, and graduate students, as well as by his colleagues, remembering him for his unwavering dedication. Western University awarded Dr. Baddour the prestigious Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching, an award that meant a lot to him as it is awarded very selectively based partly on recommendations from students and peers.
The family will receive friends and family at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Rd N, London Ontario, on Thursday, February 15th from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Parish, 777 Valetta St, London, Ontario, on Friday, February 16th at 10:00. A private family interment to follow.
The Baddour family would like to thank all the staff at the London Regional Cancer Program at Victoria Hospital, as well as the staff at the Palliative Care Unit at the Parkwood Institute, who provided excellent care and support.
It was Raouf Baddour’s wish that any memorial tributes be made, in lieu of flowers, in the form of charitable donations to either the London Regional Cancer Program (donations via https://bit.ly/donlhsf and selecting “Cancer Program” as donation target) or the Palliative Care Unit at the Parkwood Institute (donations via https://bit.ly/donpcu and selecting the designation “Palliative Care Program”).
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Professor Raouf Baddour was a true inspiration from my undergraduate Civil / Environmental Engineering experience at Western University in from ’93 – ‘97. During this period, I had the good fortune of having Professor Baddour as both an Environmental Hydraulics lecturer and undergraduate thesis advisor. His lecturers were always top shelf, as was his warmth to his students and passion for delivering effective lessons with many real-world examples to draw from. He was a father in practice to me, and I will always be grateful for his influence towards my professional development. My heartfelt condolences to Dr. Raouf Baddour’s family and dear friends, along with those in practice (like myself) who appreciated and cherished ‘Professor Baddour’. His spirit and influence will remain with us, and I am very grateful for this…
It was an honour and privilege to know and work with Dr. Baddour. He was one of the best human beings I have ever known. I still vividly remember the day we met for the first time to discuss my research topic. His warmth and passion completely took away my fear and anxiety of starting a new life in a new country. He was a great mentor and I am forever grateful for the opportunity he gave me to get where I am today. We have been in contact since I graduated and left London, and my wife and I got to know his sweet wife, Maggie. We even worked on a new research project after he retired; he never lost his passion for hydraulics. He has touched many lives and his legacy will remain strong. I will miss him dearly. Rest in peace Dr. Baddour.
I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Ralph. I worked closely with him during my initial years as Dean and came to appreciate his pleasant and gentle personality, his smile, his total dedication to the job and the profound care that he had for the students progress and wellbeing. He has been an inspiration, and he will be missed by all of us. Franco Berruti
Cher Raouf, It has been many years since our paths crossed from afar at McGill University in 1978. We met at Western when we arrived in the 80’s. We have always appreciated your friendship, your kindness, our get- togethers, and the sharing of many common interests and events while life was unfolding for your family and ours. We will remember you as a person of great strength and sincerity, who fought a long battle against a relentless illness with courage and deep faith, with Maggie always at your side as a formidable companion. You left us a great message of living life at its fullness every single day. Our lives are richer having known you. Repose en paix, cher ami. Chers Maggie, Carole et Ralph, nous vous accompagnons dans votre peine et nous vous embrassons bien fort. Graciela and Hugo de Lasa
Raouf a été un de mes premiers amis. Lorsque nous avions 5 ans, nous avions fréquenté les mêmes écoles à Alexandrie jusqu’à la fin des études secondaires au Collège St-Marc en 1966. On s’était perdus de vue pendant plusieurs années, lui à London (Ontario) et moi à Montréal (Québec). Nous avons rétabli contact au début des années 2000 grâce à ses efforts, et quoique nos rencontres étaient espacées, elles étaient toujours des plus agréables. J’ai apprécié chacune de ses rencontres qui m’ont permis de passer du bon temps avec lui et de revoir certaines de ses grandes qualités; sa générosité, sa sincérité, la vivacité de son esprit, sa bonne humeur, et en prime, sa grande humilité. Repose en paix cher ami. Diane et moi pensons à vous Maggie et famille en ces moments difficiles et vous présentons nos plus sincères condoléances. Georges Sayegh
Professor Baddour was a good friend and respected colleague in the Civil and subsequently re-named Civil and Environmental Department of Western University. His contributions to the Faculty as an engineer and a researcher were outstanding and his teaching skills and interaction with students was highly recognized by all. I had limited social interaction with Ralph, however, we did spend a week-end together during a student field trip to New York City. We were faculty "chaperons" to a busload of senior engineering students. All were interested in tall buildings, bridges and unusual structures but all overflowed with enthusiasm, which at times had to be steadied. Such field trips were always on a tight budget and Ralph and I shared a hotel room in order to keep costs down. We discussed many things over that week-end and found that we shared many opinions and had many common interests. I would like to extend my sincere condolences to Maggie and the entire Baddour family. It is particularly sad to lose a dear soul-mate of more than 50 years, a father and a grandfather but it is also sad to part with good friends. Unfortunately but unavoidably our ranks are thinning! Nicholas (Nick) Isyumov Professor Emeritus and Former Colleague
A friend since kindergarten at St Joseph's school in Alexandria Egypt, 1954 I think, and later St Marc also in Alexandria, until 1964 when I left for Sydney, Australia. Glad we met again in Montreal in 2019. A very kind soul who will remain with us for as long as we remember him. He was a true friend Magz.
Mme Baddour, Ralph, Carole et famille, Mes sincères condoléances à toute la famille. Je vous garde dans mes pensées et prières. Barbara (enseignante à la retraite EFA)
I was sad to hear of the passing of Dr. Baddour. I was both an undergraduate and graduate student of Dr. Baddour, completing my Masters with him as my advisor in 1989. He was a terrific teacher so I was both flattered and enthusiastic when he asked if I would consider doing a Masters with him upon completion of my Bachelors degree. On my first day of Grad School, Dr. Baddour told me that the Masters should take no more than two years and I completed my thesis defense two years and one day later! Other engineering grad students often took much longer to complete their studies, typically due to getting sidetracked doing other work for their advisors or from a lack of guidance. By contrast, Dr. Baddour treated his students with respect and worked to ensure they remained focused on their own work. His influence on my growth and development as an engineer helped position me for a long and successful career as an engineer. My deepest sympathies to his family at this difficult time. Please know that I am but one of his many, many students who look back with gratitude and fondness on our time learning from Dr. Baddour.
I have known Raouf since we both were graduate students at McGill. I am saddened to lose Raouf as a dear friend and former colleague for the past 26 years when fate fortunately reunited us at Western. Raouf's courage and bright spirit throughout his illness have been truly inspirational. I can personally attest to the high quality of his scientific competency as we both have been in the same research area. He will be remembered for his significant scientific contributions. I wish to convey my heartfelt condolences to Magda and family.
It is greatly saddening to hear the news of Dr. Baddour's untimely passing. His mentorship and enthusiasm were unmatched, and he had a profound influence over all of the students who were fortunate enough to work closely with him. I completed a graduate degree under him in 1997, and we remained in contact afterwards. He truly was an exceptional person in many ways. Condolences to friends and family.
I will always remember Raouf as a dear friend who always had a smile and kindness for those around him. My heart breaks for his beloved family. He will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Forever in our hearts.
I am deeply saddened by Raouf's passing. I was his research assistant for two years in 1980-82. He was a mentor and a friend. His enthusiasm was contagious and it was a pleasure to work with him. He was never condescending and was always considerate. I was also blessed to visit with Raouf and Maggie in his own home and also to travel to New Brunswick to see one of his presentations. Truly a treasure of a man and a great loss. My deepest sympathies to Maggie and family and all those who will keenly miss his presence.
There is no-one like Dr. Raouf E. Baddour. I say is because his effect is alive and well in all who he ever interacted with. His passion and enthusiasm for learning was unrivalled. I would have agreed to study ANY topic he suggested on that fateful day I showed up to meet him (resolute with my own ideas) about Graduate School - his excitement and positivity was boundless power - I followed him. Always modest, always kind, and so technically adept. He changed my life. His family is equally sweet. I had the pleasure of getting to meet Maggie, Ralph Jr., and Carol. All remarkable people in their own right. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers will be with you.
Services for Dr. Raouf Emile Baddour
Visitation will be held at:
Westview Funeral Chapel
709 Wonderland Road North,
February 15, 2024 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Funeral Mass will be held at:
Holy Family Parish
777 Valetta St,
February 16, 2024 10:00 am
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