In memoriam: Evarist Giné-Masdéu (1944–2015)

The department mourns the loss of our colleague and head, Evarist Giné-Masdéu, who passed away on Friday, March 13. Evarist received his PhD from MIT in 1973 and held positions at a number of other universities before joining UConn in 1990. He was 70 years old.

The following tribute comes from Jeremy Teitelbaum, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Evarist was a distinguished mathematician who worked on mathematical statistics and probability in infinite dimensions. He authored 2 books and over 100 articles, with many appearing in the very top journals in his field such as the Annals of Statistics. His third book, Mathematical Foundations of Infinite-Dimensional Statistical Models, written with a former UConn post-doc of his, Richard Nickl of Cambridge, will appear soon with Cambridge University Press. Among many signs of professional recognition, he was a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, an elected member of the International Statistical Institute, and a recipient of UConn’s Alumni Excellence in Research Award.

In June of 2014, friends and colleagues of Evarist organized a 3 day conference in honor of his 70th birthday at the Center for Mathematical Sciences at Cambridge University in England. The conference drew a worldwide audience who celebrated “the many areas that Evarist transformed and worked on in his distinguished career.”

Evarist was a quiet man with a dry sense of humor. When he assumed the Headship of Mathematics in 2012 after Miki Neumann’s death, he told me that he had never had the desire or ambition to take on the job, but that he felt a sense of responsibility to give back to the department. I will miss his kindness and his dedication.

I know that the department and the entire college joins me in sending Evarist’s wife Rosalind Eastaway, his daughters Roser and Nuria, and his entire family our deepest condolences.

Update (May 29, 2015). For a detailed obituary, see p. 8 of the June/July 2015 issue of the IMS Bulletin.