Luiz V. Boffi, professor emeritus at UM-Dearborn, died Dec. 14. He was 88.
January 29, 2007
DEARBORN / Jan. 29, 2007---Luiz V. Boffi, professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease at a nursing home in Ann Arbor on Dec. 14. He was 88 years old.
Boffi, who was an influential member of the UM-Dearborn faculty for more than 20 years, was internationally recognized for his contributions to electrical engineering and to higher education.
“A primary force in the development of the master’s degree in electrical engineering program at UM-Dearborn, Professor Boffi has been devoted to the development of new courses and modern laboratories, and to maintaining a high degree of technical excellence in his department,” the U-M Regents noted on his appointment to emeritus status in 1988.
“Professor Boffi is held in the highest esteem by his colleagues in the School of Engineering and across the campus,” the Regents said in the retirement memoir. “That his students hold him in equally high regard is testified to by the number who return to campus after graduation to visit him.”
Boffi was born in Como, Italy in 1918 and immigrated to Brazil as a child. He earned his bachelor of science degree at the Polytechnic School of Sao Paulo in 1940, and his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1957. He taught at universities in Brazil before joining the UM-Dearborn faculty in 1965.
He served on numerous academic committees on campus and in professional associations, collaborated on textbooks, and consulted with industry in his areas of expertise, especially in electrical machines.
“He was a very effective and popular instructor, and people in the electrical machines industry consulted with him on engineering questions,” according to Prof. Keshav Varde, associate dean of the UM-Dearborn College of Engineering and Computer Science. “His students just loved him.”
Boffi’s wife, Marietta, died in 1997. He is survived by his sons, Roberto and Sergio, daughter Eugenia Ramon, and their spouses, as well as by seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Memorial contributions to support scholarships for engineering students, may be sent to UM-Dearborn, Room 1040 Administration Building, 4901 Evergreen Rd., Dearborn MI 48128.