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Alex Basilevsky

e-dition - Volume 24 Number 17

Alex Basilevsky

(20 years)

By Jo Snyder

Born in Germany in 1940 to Ukrainian parents, Alex Basilevsky arrived in Montreal on Christmas day, 1949. He served in the Royal Highland regiment of Canada from 1957-1960, which took him through basic training and sniper school. Needless to say, Basilevsky was the only professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics who has been through sniper school.

After becoming a pacifist, Basilevsky enrolled in the Faculty of Science at Concordia University in Montreal, graduating in 1965. He continued his studies at the University of South Hampton in England on a scholarship, focusing on the areas of statistics and econometrics. From 1971-1976, he taught at Kent University in Canterbury England until moving to Winnipeg and becoming the chief statistician for Mincom Manitoba. He also worked on the Guaranteed Annual Income project, but when the project was completed, he needed "someplace else to go."

In 1979, Basilevsky joined The University of Winnipeg to help redesign the department of statistics. He planned to stay only a year or two, but the longer he stayed, the more he appreciated how special it was at The University of Winnipeg .

Basilevsky  has worked with statistics in the areas of climatology, biostatistics, anthropology and economics. Though his love for teaching and appreciation of the unique closeness of The University of Winnipeg community kept him happy over the years, Basilevsky commented that if he had realized retirement was so much fun "I would have done it sooner."

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