Ludvik (Lud) Prevec
1936 – 2020

Dr. Lud Prevec (about 2019). Image courtesy Rosemary Prevec With deep regret we announce the death on 29 March, 2020, of former Hamilton Association President and 20‑year Life member, Dr. Ludvik A. Prevec.
 
Lud served two terms as president, 1996–97 and 1997–98, and was an effective and highly valued member of Council from 1994 to 2011. After his terms as president he served for 10 years as our senior da Vinci Award judge at the annual Bay Area Science Fair, applying his understanding of how good scientific research is conducted, and his sound judgement, to hundreds of students` submissions. He also researched and wrote articles for the HAALSA website`s Archives section.
 
Not the least of his contributions throughout his time as member of Council and as President, were his efforts to come up with noteworthy speakers, not only in biology but also in geology and northern exploration, two of his other major interests. In doing so he was able to draw on the support and talents of his considerable network of friends and professional colleagues, both at McMaster and elsewhere. A professional virologist, in 2004 he presented a fascinating lecture to a HAALSA audience about developments in his own field, "Viruses and Vaccines — Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow".
 
Lud was an enthusiastic and knowledgeable proponent of Dr. John Rae, the famous Arctic explorer — he once wrote that "Any friend of John Rae is a friend of mine." — and as such maintained ties with Fatal Passage author and HAALSA speaker Ken McGoogan and, too, with members of the Orkney-based John Rae Society.
 
Lud Prevec was a guiding force and good friend to the Association, always interested in helping it prosper. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
 
Current HAALSA President Bernadette Ryan and all members of the Association`s Executive Council extend our sincere sympathy to his widow, Rosemary Prevec, to the rest of his extended family, and to his many friends on their loss.
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