Sep 2, 2019

Obituary: Marc Moore, 1942–2019

Marc Moore. Photo: Peter Macdonald

Canadian statistician Marc Moore passed away on July 26, 2019, following a long illness. He was 77. A graduate of Université de Montréal, Canada, he was a professor at École Polytechnique de Montréal from 1971 to his retirement at the end of 2002. He was Chair of the Applied Mathematics Department there for six years, in addition to teaching probability and statistics to several generations of engineers. His research interests included spatial statistics, pattern reconstruction, and iceberg trajectory modeling. He authored close to 30 research papers and a probability textbook (in French); he also edited two collective works, including one in the IMS Lecture Notes–Monograph Series. He was Editor-in-Chief of The Canadian Journal of Statistics (1989–91) and President of the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC) in 1995–96. He was a member of the IMS, an elected member of the International Statistical Institute since 1987, and an honorary member of the SSC since 2003.

After retirement, he had a second career as a very talented cabinetmaker. He is survived by his wife Monique, his sons François and Benoît, and four grandchildren.

Written by Christian Genest, McGill University, Montréal, Canada

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