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February 02, 2013

Sad deminse of Dr. O.P. Dwivedi - University of Guelph

It is with great sadness that the Department of Political Science at the University of Guelph announces the passing of Dr. O.P. Dwivedi after a courageous battle with cancer.

Dr. Dwivedi was a much loved and respected professor in the Department of Political Science and as a Chair of the Department from 1979 to 1990. He was known internationally for his research and scholarship in the areas of public administration and environmental politics. Dr. Dwivedi retired from the University in 2003, but remained an active member of the department, teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses until this year when his illness precluded it.

Professor Dwivedi was a University Professor Emeritus, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a member of the Order of Canada, and most recently the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal. He had received honorary degrees from the University of Lethbridge and the University of Waterloo. He had served as President of the Canadian Political Science Association in 1986-1987 and was elected Vice-President of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Public Administration (IASIA) in 1989, a position he held for a decade.

In recognition of his contributions the IASIA, in 2008, established the O.P. Dwivedi award to honor a distinguished international scholar or practitioner for significant contributions to public administration and public policy. Dr. Dwivedi was a friend and mentor to faculty and students across the world. He was also very active in charitable and humanitarian projects, having established a school, medical clinics, and an eye hospital in India. He also served as the campus Hindu priest and was an active member of the University Multi-Faith resource team at the University of Guelph.

A memorial service will take place today in War Memorial Hall, University of Guelph this Sunday, February 3, 2013 from 10:00 a.m.. Flags will fly at half-mast on Monday February 4th.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to D.D. Foundation, which was established by the Dwivedi family in 1993 to aid the poor in India. Donations and condolences can be sent towww.gilbertmacintyreandson.com.

Dr. O.P. Dwivedi was a great supporter of the Shastri Institute in his active years and was known to many colleagues associated with the Institute.

On behalf of the Shastri Institute and friends both in Canada and India, we would like to express our most heartfelt sympathies for this loss. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.

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